Walkabout Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Walkabout Script





The "Ortolan" is the name given

to a European singing bird.



It is extremely rare.



When fattened for eating,

they are left in dark cardboard boxes,



and packets of grain are pressed to a hole

in the box, through which a light is shone.



The bird picks at the grain in the hope

of penetrating through to the light,



which he mistakes for the sun.



This goes on for several weeks.



When it has eaten itself so full

that it cannot stand or see,



it is drowned in cognac.



Gourmets regard it

as an exceptional delicacy.



You will find vinegar

is an acceptable substitute for cognac.



Stay there. Don't move.



Come on. Swim out.

Come on.



Further. Go on.



- Help!

- Stop.



Swim back.



- Not far.

- Watch, Dad.



Although there are a few

of them available in tins

in the better shops now.



Give me the radio.



So you have to learn

to tell a fish knife from a meat knife,



and a fish fork

from a meat fork.



If there's no fish knife and fork, use

the smaller knife and fork for the fish.



- If you make a mistake,

just continue eating.

- This one's red.



- Don't put the silver

back on the tables.

- This one's yellow.



Be nonchalant.



- The place for the napkin is on the lap.

- This one's brown.



Please don't speak

with your mouth full, son.



The fish or meat will be served

to you on your left side.



- This one's green.

- Take the serving fork

in your left hand...



- This one's white.

- And the serving spoon in your right.



- Oh, there's another red one.

- Don't use your fingers...



You stopped again.

Come back!



He's all right.



Don't go out of sight!



We'll eat now.



Bang! Bang! Bang!



Bang! Bang! Bang!



Bang! Bang!



Bang! Bang!



Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!



Bang! You're dead!



I'm hot!



The wheel's come off!



Dad, my wheel's come off.



The wheel's come off.



- Chicken or ham?

- Both!



 I think I know now

what's making me sad 



Bang! Bang!



Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!



- It's ready.

- Bang! Bang!



Bang! Bang!



Quick, men! Duck!



Bang! Bang!



Bang! Bang! Bang!



You're dead!



That's not fair!

He'll get away!



You're supposed to be on my side!



Come on.



What are you doing?



Come on!



And bring him with you.



It's getting late.



I've got to go now.



We can't waste time.



Come out now!



We have got to go now!



I... have got to go now.



Can't... Can't waste time.



We can't...

Come out now!



Stay here.



What happened?



He said we were

to go on ahead.



But he said I wasn't

to go out of his sight.



He'll catch us up later.



Do you know where to go?



Yes, of course.



This way.



 Who saw him die 



 I, said the fly 



 With my little eye 



 I saw him die 



It's getting dark, isn't it?



Pass me that.



Aren't you tired?



A bit.



- Are we going to stay here all night?

- If you'd like.



Yes, please.

But we didn't bring any blankets.



I don't think

I'm really tired yet.



Where are you going?



In the bushes.

Whoo, whoo, whoo.




What you looking at?



I'm looking for a light.



Why? There won't be

anybody there.



It's time you went to sleep. You've

got to be up early in the morning.



I'm going to sleep here.



Shall we take turns

at being sentries?



- No.

- Oh.



We haven't even got

any water, have we?



There's plenty of lemonade.

You'll have some in the morning.



Are you all right?

What are you doing?






Wasn't it nice last night?

Did you like it?



- Yes.

- I had a dream.



I know.

You kept fidgeting.



You're dropping everything.



- What?

- The ammunition's falling out.



I tore my blazer.



It doesn't matter.

Come on.



Won't tell Dad, will you?






What's up here?



We can see where we are

from the top.



Well, where are we now?



We've just got

to climb that one.



- But you said...

- Then we can see where we are.



- But you said...

- Come on. I'll race you.



Oh, my legs ache!



There's the sea!

It's the sea!



A peaceful sea, isn't it?






What sea is it?

What's its name?



I don't really know.



Beneath the granite

and basaltic crust...



is the mantle

of iron magnesium...



and possibly

a sulfide and oxide shell,



an outer core

of molten nickel iron...



You must have lost it

when we were going up the cliff...



to find out

where we were.



I told you it was

all falling out.



Are you sure it isn't

in your satchel?






Apart from the scientific explanation,



the expectation that the world...

that is, that human society...



- will someday come to an end...

- It isn't there.



- Leads me to believe that man is more...

- I've made a hole!



- Than the complement of root and matter.

- Look.



- Go on. Have a drink.

- It is he who imparts dignity

to the planet in which he lives,



- although not receiving

importance from it.

- Leave some for me.



The idea that man has passed

through       years of trials,



in order that there might be,

at last, a perpetual succession

of comfortable shopkeepers...



- I was listening.

- We mustn't waste the batteries.



Dad said they last

for     hours.



- Are you hungry?

- Not yet.



We ought to eat some salt.






Uncle Ted said, when they

were soldiers in the desert...



they always

had to eat salt.



It doesn't taste salty.



What are you doing?



I mustn't step

in your steps.



That means we won't

get home by tonight.



I'm fed up.



No, you're not.

Come on.



I'll tell you

what we'll do.



You walk in all the ridges,

and I'll practice my voice lessons.



Do you want a drink?



No. I'm not sweating now.



Oh, come back!



I can't walk down there!



It isn't fair!



Oh, please make him come.



I'm not coming back.



We've got to get on.



It's late.



I'm going now.



Please, please try.



It can't be much further.



It's silly to give in now.



It's getting late.

We've got to go.



- We can't waste time.



I'll carry you for a bit.



You're awake now.



I'm what?



If you're awake,

you should try and walk.



You should try and help me.

I'm trapped too.



Look! What's that?



- What?

- That.



 Who'll sing my song 



 I, said the dove 



 As she sat on a bush 



 I'll sing your song 



You said you were

too tired to walk.



It tastes lovely.



It's all right.

The birds are eating it.



It tastes like meat.



Today is Armistice Day.



At   :   there will be

a three-minute silence...



followed by a service

of remembrance.



Meanwhile, we rejoin Captain Steele

and Dusty, counteragents,



in another episode of "Enemy."



Does drinking give you

a big, red, fat nose?



- Why?

- I was just wondering.



I've only been

over this road once before...



Is that why Dad's nose

is all freckly?



I don't know.



I've got a fly

without any wings in my cap.



The bridge is blown!

Brake, Captain! Brake!



Did our car crash?



You must look after your blazer.

It's got to last.



Yes, Skipper, I'm okay.



We don't want people thinking

we're a couple of tramps.



What people?



Did dad tear his clothes?



Perhaps that's why

he sent us on.



And you've put a hole

in your pocket.



When are we going there?



- Where?

- Back home.



In a few days.



That's the trouble

with all these series.



You always know the superhero's

gonna get away with it.



That's the trouble with Batman.



You always know he's gonna win

all the fights in the end.



That's the trouble

with all these series.



Even Bugs Bunny

wins all the time.



If we were superheroes,

we would definitely win.






Are we superheroes?



I don't know.

I hope so.



So do I.



We're lost, aren't we?



No, of course not.



Don't. You'll ruin

your nice shoes.



What happened?



The birds ate it all.



But they couldn't

have drank all the water.



Is there any in the bottle?






Why didn't you fill it up?



We should have

picked some fruit.



Which way are we going today?



I hope we find lots of sand.



I don't like climbing up

those hills much.



They make my legs ache.



I don't suppose it matters

which way we go.



We'll stay here.



Perhaps the water

will come back.



Where from?



You shouldn't walk about

in the sun.



It's bad for you.






- I want a drink!

- Where are the others?



Quick, stop him!

He's getting away!



Uh, uh, uh, we're English!




Do you understand?



This is Australia, yes?



- Where is Adelaide?

- Ask him for water!



Water! Drink!



We want water to drink.



You must understand.

Anyone can understand that.



We want a drink.



I can't make it any simpler.



Water. To drink.



The water hole has dried up.



Where do they keep the water?






 Who'll carry the leaves 



 I, said the wind 



 I'll carry the leaves 



Look! Look!



The one set of values for "X"...



is  - (X- )...



equal to X- ( -X).



Write      ...



Seven fours are   .

Eight fours are   .



I can multiply    by   .



I did it yesterday.



Divide     ...



This is one of my soldiers.



Twelve minus a third.



If your answer

is a decimal, what is...



Put your shirt on.



He hasn't got his shirt on.



- He hasn't got a shirt.

- He can have mine.



...and.     by.   .



It wouldn't fit him.



Leaving Adelaide, Harry drives...



That's a soldier.



- Give him one. Don't be mean.

- No.



I expect he'd like to play.

He's never had any toys of his own.



We've got plenty.



Vito left his home at midday

and cycled towards his uncle's

house    miles away.



After one hour,

traveling at ten miles an hour,



he stopped for a drink,

which took him...



Give me a piggyback!

Give me a piggyback!



No! No! No! No!



Watch out. He'll roast you

and eat you for dinner.



Hey, put me down!



- Hey! No!



I'm not coming down!



No! Get down! No!



Go on! It's great! Get up!



Go on! Get up! I did!



Pull! Don't just hang there.






Jump! Jump!



Come on!

Grab me! Hurry!



It's my turn now!



Jump! Let me go!



Come on! Swing me!



Waldo's Motor Mart...



is on Allen Road

next to the hospital.



If you've got a good, clean,

low-mileage car you'd like to sell,



Waldo's Motor Mart will help you

turn that car into cash.



And now, back to "Night Beat."



Good night.



I'll be all right

in the morning.



It got a bit sore from...



Oh, dear.



All right, let's go now.



Come out now!

And bring him with you.



Nothing can

ever be created or destroyed.



Come on. It's my turn!

It's my turn now!



Every man and every woman is a star.



What do we know...



By the telescope, a faint...



I told you to keep

your clothes on.









I'll show you how to do karate.



There's a pool down there.



So the boy said,

"I ought to be getting home from work."



He lived with his mother

in a house on top of the hill.



She'd never spoken to him.

He'd never heard her say a word.



He thought she was dumb

and she was blind too.



But every evening

when he came up the hill,



he saw her sitting in the window,

and she was talking.



As soon as she heard his key

in the lock, she'd stop.



And when he got inside,

she wouldn't say a word.



So one evening he made up his mind

to hear what she was saying.



- So he put the ladder...

- No, he went round the back.



Oh, yes. He went round the back

and got the ladder.



- And he set it...

- He carried it.



Yes, he carried it round

to the front of the house...



and set it up

against the window.



You didn't explain that

she was sitting upstairs.



- I did.

- You didn't. You left it out.



- Well, anyway...

- I don't know why you're

telling him all this.



He can't understand.

He doesn't know what a ladder is.



I expect we're the first

white people he's seen.



It was very, very long and heavy...



and he only just managed to get it

in position in front of the house.



Next, he climbed up the ladder

and got on the windowsill.



But he couldn't hear a word.



She was only a few feet away

behind the window.



And her blind eyes

were staring straight at him,



and her mouth

was opening and shutting.



But he couldn't hear, because she

was speaking silently to herself.



So he put his ear to the glass,

but he still couldn't hear.



So he decided to come down,

but the windowsill was very narrow.



And when he turned round,

he knocked the ladder down!



So he was stuck.



He couldn't jump down

because it was too far,



and he couldn't shout

to his mother...



because then she'd know

he'd been spying on her.



So he just sat there.



It got dark,



and because there wasn't

very much room on the sill,



his legs grew very stiff.



Sometimes people went past,



but he couldn't shout to them

because his mother would hear.



So there was a drainpipe

going down the wall,



and the boy thought, "If I make it

across and get hold of that,



I'll be able

to climb down."



So he reached across,

but he slipped off the windowsill...



and fell down

and broke his neck.



I told you.

He doesn't understand.



Well, his mother went on sitting there

and talking to herself,



and she began to get worried

because he was late home from work,



that his dinner

would get spoiled.



- So she said...

- No, she didn't.

She didn't say anything.



- She got off...

- Oh, that's right!



- And groped her way down the stairs...

- There's another aeroplane!



Do you think he understood

when I drew this house?



That doesn't look like a house.

You can't draw.



That looks like a platypus

walking in space...



or a pterodactyl

flying under the sea.



I think he might

take us to the moon.



I wish we had

a proper pencil.



Why did you say we were

the first white people he's ever seen?



I always thought you had lots of crayons

and pencils in your satchel.



Please have a look.



By the look of that,

I think he's gonna take us to Mars.



Well, we won't find it.



Once them balloons

get loose, they're away.






   . Look from time

to time, please.



They're expensive, and I

don't like to waste expensive things.



Sure. Sure.



Well, I'd better get back

to my mud pies.



Well, I'll be off then.



You all right for smokes?



- What?

- On me.



- Oh, no, no.

- Go on.



That is three packets

I have to owe you.



Don't worry about it.

I'm trying to give it up.



Hey! There goes another one!

Hey! Stop it!






Hey, stop it!



They're so expensive.



Stop it!



 Los Angeles 



 Los angeles

My morning is so fine 



Hey, it's muddy underwater.



 Especially in the

early morning sunshine 



 There you'll be

in front of me 



 So I'll catch up

and turn to see 



 You look my way 



 And smile 



-  We'll walk a while

- Please. Put me down.



How's it goin', boy?



I said, "How's things?"



You got ear trouble?



Suit yourself.



Move it. Go on.

Quicker. Move it!



Get that bloody dingo

out of here.



It's the last time

I'm warning you!




Paint your titties with that.






Be careful with those.

They're valuable.



Hey, knock off. Knock off

for about ten minutes.



No sneakin' off.

We've got a lot of work to do.



Will you shut the door?

The kids?



The window's open.



I'm hot.






Look what I found!



Over here!

Come on!



That must be a weather balloon.



This black one's bigger...

and it's ticking.



I wonder where it came from.



Probably someone's listening to it.



- Will it hurt me?

- No, of course not.



How long will it take?



Ask him. Ask him how long it will be

before we can get anywhere.



Ask him how long!



Go on.



We'll be there today!



Hey! There's lots of water out there,

coming up out of the ground.



That's a spring.



- Jon-ge.

- Jon-ge.



Jon-ge. He wants me

to go and fetch some wood.



All right.



What are you doing?






There's predestination

and free will required.



We know now that

that that is, is.



Water. Water.






Yes, water.



Sorry, that's all

I could find.



I didn't know where...



Where are we going?



It's a road!



It's a real road!



Where does it go?



You're making me

drop my stick.



I like these.



All right.






Didn't I get a lot?

There's lots more there.



Didn't I get a lot?



Where've you been?



Picking these. He showed me

where to get them.



Didn't I get a lot?



They're my favorites, remember?



- Where are you going?

- Out.



No, stay here.



Here. I've got lots of them.



Why won't he speak?



What's he dancing for?



I don't know.



Perhaps he's pleased.



- Why?

- Because we got here at last.



Where are you going now?



- Aren't you hungry now?

- Please, leave him alone.



You haven't cooked

the meat yet.



- The radio's gone.

- Hmm.



The battery's gone.



No. Dad said

they'd last for     hours.



How long is that? It's longer

than we've been walking, I bet.



Leave it. We won't

need it much longer.



Put it down

and go to sleep.



I want to start early

in the morning.



I think he wants to stay here.



- Why should he?

- It's nice.



I think that he wants

to stay here for a while.



There's lots of ferns

growing out there.



Anyway, I've already

decided something.



We're going

on our own tomorrow.






- That's best.

- No!



Suppose he wanted to do something,

or something happened?



Suppose he tried to...



Suppose he went off and left us?



No, he won't.

He likes being with us.



Won't go. You must

have dropped it.



Will he dance all night?



It's all right.

He won't keep you awake.



Can we go on the road?



What road?



Up there.

We found a road.



Didn't he tell you?



What sort of road?



A real road?



Yes. Is that where

we're going tomorrow?






I knew we were

getting somewhere.



He's not there.



He's not there!



He's not there!



I went to sleep.



He's gone.






Where's he gone?



He's gone home.






Well, there was no reason

for him to stay.



He just wanted

to bring us to the road.



We must be near a town.

So he's gone back to his family.



It's not really warm.



- He didn't say good-bye to us.

- Yes, he did.



That's the dancing about. It's their way

of saying good-bye to people they love.



I'd love to have a warm bath

with clean towels...



and eat with real plates

and knives and forks.



And have proper sheets.

And records.



And clean my teeth properly.



And wear all my own clothes.



I'm glad I washed your things.



You want to look nice

when they find us.



Did you keep that button?



We must be near somewhere

if there's a road.



I wanted to give him

my penknife.



He's dead.






I tried to give him my penknife,

but he wouldn't take it.



That doesn't mean

that he's dead.



He won't take it.



Should I see if the road's

still there?



No, of course it's there.



Did you eat

your breakfast properly?



- Yes.

- You should always

sit down when you eat.



You shouldn't wander about.



You ready, then?



There you are.



What are you thinking?



Shall we sit down for a bit?



Stop sulking.



Where's the radio?

You forgot it.



So what?

It didn't work.



It's time now for hospital requests.



You're listening

to the first network of the ABC,



Radio  BL Sydney,

 FC Newcastle.



The time is half-past eight.



- Look!

- I know.



- Will dad be there?

- No.






- Is he dead too?

- I'm not sure.



Did he shoot himself?



It was an accident.



No, it wasn't.



- Then I don't know.

- Look!



- Did it hurt?

- Not much.



Well, why did he?



I suppose he thought

he was doing the best thing.



That's silly.



I said I don't know,

didn't I?



All right?



- You ready?

- Yes.



What's the name of that town?



I don't know.






Wait here. Hello?

Uh, excuse me!









I say, hello!



- Hello!

- Yes?



I'm sorry to trouble you.

We're lost.



We've had an accident in the desert.

Would you mind if...



- Put that down! Put that down!

- Please!



Put it down!

Put that down!



- I have.

- This is all private property.



I'm an employee of the company.



They own all this,

and the mine.



- What's the company?

- You touch their cans

and you'll soon find out.



- Where's the mine?

- It's shut.



- What was in it?

- Nothing. That's why they shut it.



Do people come through here?



- We give them tours, same as anyone.

- When will they...



I don't know.

They never send me a card.



- How often do they...

- I don't know!



You'll have to wait.

You'll find it down the road.



- What?

- Where you're staying.



Don't touch anything!



Would you like to see

the rest of the town?



We shan't have to wait long.

Someone will come soon.



Can we go see the mines?



Yes, if you like.



- Can I go and play?

- Yes. Don't go far.



- Be careful.

- I'll be all right.



What's there?






- Hey!

- Yes!






- What?

- Watch!



- Are you watching?

- Yes.






- What shall we do now?

- I know. Let's...



Hi, doll.



Well, they've made a decision.



I get Graham's job when he

leaves Friday, lan takes over mine...



and Robby and Alan

go over to accounts.



Which means Old Mal

looks like being out of a job.



Still, it's his own fault.









With all this changing around,

there's bound to be good news

as far as salary's concerned.



I tell you, doll. In two years,

we'll be holidaying on the Gold Coast.



Into my heart,

an air that kills...



from yon far country blows.



What are those blue

remembered hills?



What spires,

what farms are those?



That is the land

of lost content,



I see it shining plain,



the happy highways

where I went...



and cannot come again.


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