Refuge | ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel’ by Alissa Autschbach



 

EXT. – SKY FILLED WITH CLOUDS – DAY

 

A WOMAN made out of paper, with a white paper-dress,

dances happily on a fluffy cloud in a blue, sun-lit sky.

She swirls around, free of worry, her dress making papery

sounds.

 

She bounces from one fluffy cloud to the next one,

continuing to dance.

 

Suddenly the cloud on which she is dancing blows her off

and she falls into…

 

2 INT. – VERTICAL TUNNEL – NIGHT

 

… a grey, gloomy tunnel.

 

PAPER-WOMAN is confused as to where she is all of a

sudden.

 

VENTILATORS in the walls of the tunnel blow out air and

cause paper-woman to get blown through the tunnel. The

ventilators’ blades are making sharp, uncomfortable

sounds.

 

Paper-woman still dances in the air but has trouble

controlling her movements. Her dancing gets more and more

possessed by the wind.

 

She is blown to the right side of the tunnel, then to the

other. Her white paper-dress becomes a bit grey.

A strong gust of wind blows her from this tunnel into a

second one, branching off.

 

3 INT. – SECOND TUNNEL – NIGHT

 

This tunnel is a bit narrower. Paper-woman tries to get

hold of a hook sticking out of the wall, but fails to as

another ventilator blows her into a third tunnel,

branching off of this one.

 

4 INT. – THIRD TUNNEL – NIGHT

 

The third tunnel is so narrow that paper-woman’s dress

rubs along the walls and gets greyer. Her dancing seems

forced now.

Again she tries to regain control by clasping onto the

walls but the winds coming from the ventilators blow her

further down the tunnel.

 

Paper-woman looks down and sees that the tunnel ends at a

crossroads where two tunnels are branching off, one dark

one to the right and a bright, illuminated one to the left

from which a pink shimmer is emanating. She smiles and

tries to direct her movements into the bright one.

 

As she is close to the opening of the bright tunnel, one

last ventilator blows her into the dark tunnel, branching

off.

 

Paper-woman falls into the dark tunnel but she grabs onto

the edge with her paper-hand and doesn’t let go. She puts

her other hand to the edge and pulls herself up. The

strong winds coming from the ventilator are still working

against her but she manages to pull herself over the

edge.

 

She enters the pink-shimmering tunnel, slides down its

side and lands in a giant, pink, radiant hand.

The pink hand strokes paper-woman with its thumb, so her

dress gets white again.

 

The hand gently lets paper-woman onto the ground of a

bright, yellow road with flowers on each side.

 

The hand encouragingly urges paper-woman to walk on her

own again. Paper-woman stumbles a bit, but after the first

two steps, she starts to swirl around again and dances

happily down the road which ends at a free-standing door.

 

Paper-woman puts her hand to the doorhandle and opens the

door. As she does this she turns from paper into ’flesh’

and becomes herself again.

 

WOMAN

(v.o.)

One in four women in the UK will

experience the control of

domestic abuse during her

lifetime.

 

Paper-woman enters the door to her bright future.

 

We swing around showing the pink hand has turned into the

REFUGE logo.

 

SUPERIMPOSE: REFUGE

 

WOMAN

(v.o.)

Refuge supports women to climb

out of the darkness.

END