This is a screenplay that I wrote for a short film that was originally going to be produced by a great up-and-coming director. Copyright is Martin John 2013.
INT. AURORA’S APT. ENTRANCEWAY - NIGHT.
AURORA looks on as STEVEN (late twenties, jealous and
possessive, conservative) leaves the apartment angrily.
Aurora has a pair of red lacy underwear in her hand.
Steven turns in the doorway to address Aurora one last time.
I thought you were better than
Steven leaves angrily. Cue music. The camera enters the
apartment with Aurora and slowly reveals Aurora’s living
quarters. The camera focuses on the walls off the apartment,
posters of vintage movies line the walls, Bogart, Bacall,
Monroe and Hepburn mostly. Aurora walks with shoulders
hunched as she makes her way further into the apartment.
THE LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Aurora sits down and her rage comes bubbling up to the top
and she scream, and punches down into the chair that she is
Aurora has been crying, mascara runs down her face. She is
sitting in a tank top with the red underwear that were in
her hand on.
Hello Natalie. I’ve been
Yeah. Listen Natalie. I want to do
Really? I thought you weren’t
We broke up.
Aurora rubs her sleeve over her face rubbing the mascara
into more of a mess. Lauren stays quiet, this is a shock to
(Changing the subject)
So I want to do it. When can we
Yes. Yes. YES.
Okay. Let’s do this.
Cue music. Aurora continues the conversation with Lauren,
there is an energy to her now, a drive, a happiness, a
lightness of being.
INT. DANCE STUDIO, MIDDAY.
Aurora is in a dance studio with LAUREN. Aurora has just
finished with a routine and is sweating lightly, and
breathing with exertion. She is angry at herself for having
missed a step in the middle of her routine. Aurora is
wearing sweat pants and a loose shirt and Lauren a sports
bra with tights. They have their hair tied back to keep it
out of their faces.
What? It looked okay.
Aurora throws Lauren a dirty look.
Just work it out until your body
memory kicks in.
Could you put the song on again?
Lauren puts on the song, an older song, something in the
public domain, but with a good beat. Aurora practices the
step over and over but she keeps missing it.
Aurora just quite and sits down in a moment of frustration.
Aurora grabs a drink of water and sits down next Lauren who
is turning off the music.
Amy. Are you sure about this?
And your parents?
Aurora turns her head away.
They won’t ever find out.
And if they do?
I don’t know alright? They don’t
even know about Steven yet.
Just warning you that there are
people that shoot this stuff. And
they post it on Facebook and stuff.
So? Don’t you come up with
burlesque names to hide yourself?
I’ll just do that.
No. You come up with the name to be
Oh. What about pasties? I don’t
know about pasties. Do I have to do
But I don’t have to if I don’t want
You want to.
Yeah, you’re right. I do. Okay,
crank the music.
Lauren grabs Aurora by the hand and squeezes it.
Aurora gets back up. She puts on her music and starts to
practice her choreography again. She doesn’t hit the step
again. She screams (silently as the music has overtaken the
scene), calling back to her frustration with Steven.
INT. BACKSTAGE AT BURLESQUE SHOW - NIGHT
-Aurora putting on face powder/blush.
-Aurora putting on eyeshadow and eyeliner. Closeup on eyes.
-Aurora putting on lipstick and lipliner. Closeup on lips.
-Aurora teasing her hair.
-Aurora pulling up her stockings and lashing them to
-Aurora pouring glitter into her gloves and putting them on.
-Aurora doing up the clasp of her bra.
-Two pasties sitting in a plastic baggie, unused.
-We start to focus on the other people and the backstage
area. Props are being tested to make sure they do what they
do, fans, hoola hoops, and the like. Jokes are being told,
stories and there is laughter to go along with them.
Breasts, stomachs, lips and limbs fill the space with a
We are backstage at the burlesque show. ROUGE NOIRE is in
the room, she is an intimidating woman with a superiority
complex and little room for others. DAVIS HARLEYSON, a
handsome boylesque performer in his mid-twenties is in the
background, shirtless, and he looks over from time to time
to check Aurora out.
Within the middle of this haze site Aurora. She is sitting
nervously, her arms crossed over her chest protectively, her
body language betraying her as uncomfortable in this group
Davis Harleyson comes up from behind her.
(startled and stumbling over
I haven’t seen you around. I’m
I love that name.
And you are?
Amy...no, Aurora Angora.
This your first time?
You can tell.
No, I’m sorry.
I was really nervous when I first
went on. But its awesome. Really.
Well I just barfed in the washroom
so its started out pretty good so
Davis Harleyson makes a comical face, a grossed-out face.
I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to say
Don’t worry about it. I get it.
I’ve felt that way too.
Rouge Noire comes over is making her way across the room
when Davis catches her eye and she comes over.
Rouge. What’s up?
Rouge stops and looks at Aurora.
Who are you?
Are you supposed to be here?
I’m performing tonight.
I doubt it. Listen I’m stealing
Davis because we need to talk.
Rouge takes Davis by the arm and leads him away. Davis looks
back and mouthes "I’m sorry." Rouge shoots Aurora an evil
look over her shoulder.
Lauren comes through the crowd carrying a bag and wearing a
long trench coat with her costume on underneath.
I thought you were going to be here
earlier. I don’t know anyone here.
And that girl over there is so
Focus on Rouge for a moment, and than quickly back to Aurora
Rouge Noire. Girl’s a bitch.
Yeah. She’s a bitch.
Look at you in your sexy bedazzled
underthings. Truly looking like an
So should I call you Lauren? I like
your name so much. Lauren Catcall
is awesome. My name isn’t that cool
Did you remember everything?
I think so.
Aurora looks through her bags. Aurora finds she has no
pastie tape and loses her composure. She starts to dig
through her bag and continues to do so over the following
I can’t find my tape.
I’ll let you have some tape
tonight, but after this you get
your own. Got it?
Aurora is visibly troubled.
Now get ready because there are a
lot of cameras out there and you
don’t want your nipples all over
Pause to take Aurora in.
INT ONSTAGE AT BURLESQUE SHOW - NIGHT
Aurora’s act. It is not perfect, she stumbles right off the
start, and has a major stumble in the middle of the act
where the action pauses and she ponders giving up, but this
is all she has left, this is the moment where she has to
push through it, where her strength has to come from her
core. This is where we see what Aurora is truly made of,
this is her getting back at Steven, overcoming her own fear,
overcoming what Rouge has done to her and landing the step
that she wasn’t landing in rehearsal. From here on the act
is gorgeous in the power that she brings to it through the
release of caring and when she strips off her bra she revels
her new found beauty.
There is a pause when she finishes and...
Aurora is sweating and standing onstage with a smile as a
crowd cheers her on. Her act was amazing and she is soaking
in the adoration in high-waisted panties and pasties.
She makes her way offstage as a host takes the stage.
Aurora comes backstage on a high from the stage. Other
performers are congratulating her, and Rouge Noire is
standing watching her with Davis Harleyson. She grabs Davis
around the neck with a big smile on her face, and after a
moment of standing there kisses him passionately. Rouge
looks on in terror.
We should talk later. Without her.
Aurora steps away and is greeted by Lauren who gives her a
I am so proud of you right now.