Misha Williams



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 19 
 ALBERT 
It's an incredible story. We just want to help you get it 
told as it should be. 
 
NINA 
Exactly. Brian's book ,"Exploration Fawcett", sold a few 
copies but really it hid the true story. Because Brian is 
jealous of his father and brother. Brian's life has been a 
failure, you know. It's such a shame because he has 
some talent. But he resists success as if it were poison. 
I'm so glad you've come to me about your project
because Brian won't help you one jot.  
 
ALBERT 
Our film would get your husband's name back on the 
world stage, where it deserves to be. 
 
NINA 
Yes. An epic. Hollywood has beckoned so many times 
and Brian always puts them off. We never hear again 
after the first enquiry.  Why shouldn't money be made 
out of this? I helped Brian with "Exploration Fawcett." 
He paid me not a penny. I have a right surely of some 
humble remuneration for the years…the years of…just 
managing in "genteel poverty" in boarding houses all 
over Britain, craving the recognition, the 
acknowledgement of a loyal wife. Dreaming of the 
wealth of lost cities that was always just beyond his 
reach. Don't I deserve something for all my patience? 
Something better than existence in a boarding house
among potty old people all waiting for death. But I 
won't be dragged down. I know my husband will return 
to me. And in the meantime I want to keep his 
memory in the public mind and make some money out 
of it. What is so wrong with that? 
 
JESS 
Albert's going to need access to the "secret archive." 
How do we get it if Brian's so protective? 
 
NINA 
Leave it to me. I'll just say I want to borrow some of 
the crucial documents. They are actually my property 
after all. I'll phone him right now… 


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She starts to wheel herself out and then pauses. 
 
NINA 
             You don't think my husband was a failure do you? 
 
ALBERT 
Oh God, no!  
 
NINA 
Oh good. I won't be long. 
 
She leaves. 
 
JESS 
A failure. Yes, Al. She hit the nail on the head. He 
never found one shred of evidence and The Royal  
Geographical Society just think he was a nutter. 
 
ALBERT 
Keep your voice down. 
 
They continue talking in a hushed intensity. 
 
JESS 
….like it seems several other members of his family. 
 
ALBERT 
You cannot deny it's a fantastic story! Looking for lost 
cities, still inhabited by ancient unknown races!  
 
    
 
 
 
 
      JESS 
People don't want films about failure. He failed. 
 
ALBERT 
You don't know whether he failed! 
 
JESS 
Haven't you learned anything, Al?  After all your time 
in this business? You could really make your name with 
something more commercial. This is a dead end! 
 
ALBERT 
You really are the kiss of death. 


 21 
 
   
 
 
      JESS 
Thanks very much. 
 
   
 
 
     ALBERT 
To anything with fire and excitement. You're 
passionless. 
JESS 
Thanks very much. 
 
ALBERT 
Sorry. I didn't mean…  
 
He tries to touch her affectionately. She moves away abruptly. 
 
                                     ALBERT 
(Fiercely) OK. I wouldn't dream of touching you… You 
did say we'd take this to your friend Ida de Milt in L.A. 
as a final shot! 
 
JESS 
Did I? Ida is now producing musicals and adventure 
movies packed with sex and violence.  
 
ALBERT 
If I re-thought it so it fell in with your and her concept 
of entertainment. And yet somehow protected the 
story's fragile priceless quality. 
 
JESS 
Oh, yeah. 
 
ALBERT 
If I made her a version that fitted her formula... 
 
JESS 
So suddenly you're throwing away your precious 
integrity and going all commercial.  
 
ALBERT 
(Smiling) Yes. 
 
 
 


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JESS 
(Laughing at him) You're lying! (Suddenly going 
serious) I've lived with you and the Fawcett project for 
too long. It's got nowhere. We've got nowhere. It's 
fucked your life up. It's not going to fuck up mine. 
 
 
 
 
 
      ALBERT  
(Exaggerating to make her laugh more) Ida de Milt is 
going to have a script crammed with sex, violence and 
fucking musical song and dance numbers… 
 
JESS 
As if !! 
 
ALBERT 
She can have anything she fucking wants to make this 
into a fucking HOLLYWOOD EPIC!  
 
JESS 
'Can't believe what I'm hearing…….Alright. I'll do one 
last thing for Fawcett. I'll ring Ida. But then that's it.    
 
ALBERT 
(Calmed down) Thank you….Suddenly I feel great. Let's 
go for a drink. 
 
 
They start to leave as the light fades on them and comes up on BRIAN. 
 
 
SCENE SEVEN.  CARLISLE. BRIAN'S BUNGALOW. 
 
 
BRIAN is on the  phone.. 
 
BRIAN 
Joan!… Mother has gone stark raving mad. She's just 
phoned trying to wheedle some of Daddy's secret 
papers out of me. Pretending they were for her to 
read, but I know she wants to lend them to a certain 
slimy TV director! You know what TV has tried to do 
with Daddy's story? Mother knows only too well how 
Hollywood has tried to turn Daddy into Indiana Jones! 
I'm not having it. Daddy's real story is top secret and 




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