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BUTTERFLY DREAMS

By Timothy Spearman

“Butterfly Dreams” is derived from the famous philosophical treatise written by Chuang Tsu, in which the philosopher embarks on an epistemological study of the nature of reality and concludes that it is essentially illusory. The end of the treatise examines the status of subjective reality, the philosopher concluding that, in the dream state in which he dreams of a butterfly, there is no objective criterion to establish whether he is being dreamed by the butterfly or whether it is in fact being dreamed by him.The story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of a Catholic high school professor. Following his disappearance, his therapist, trained in both astrology and Jungian psychoanalysis, investigates his disappearance and unleashes a Chinese Box of unexpected surprises as the past comes back to haunt her. It is a case involving mistaken identities, false fronts and a Chinese box of enigmas within enigmas. When Julia Estrada and her friends begin exploring the campus grounds and the historical record, they begin to uncover some uncomfortable facts about the school’s history. She and her astrological mentor, Mrs. Campisi, team up to solve the case, one that leads them to the horrible truth that ritual sacrifice has been taking place under the guise of Christian values and education. The significance of the school’s pagan symbols comes to light and the dark associations with the school’s former incarnation as a Native Residential School comes to light.“Butterfly Dreams” is a fictional drama loosely based on the truth concerning the 28 mass graves recently discovered in Canada involving the ritual sacrifice of Native school children during the Residential School program, which was officially terminated in 1960. The horrific case involving the brutal massacre of these children, in an abuse case involving the United Church of Canada, the Catholic Church of Canada, and the Government of Canada, was exposed through the heroic efforts of Rev. Kevin Annett, who brought the case for genocide before the UN in New York.

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Tag-line: What happens when the scale of tragedy is too great for families to find closure? Some have called it collateral agony.

TV Miniseries: Collateral Agony is a 13-part TV miniseries based on a novel by the same title by Ram Deenoo.

EXT. HARBINDER SINGH’S PRIVATE VILLA – DUSK

The location is a villa near King City. There’s a courtyard inside the gate. People are seen entering and exiting the villa. There’s a fountain with a cobra in the middle. The cobra’s head contains an infrared camera and scans the courtyard for intruders.

INT. PRIVATE VILLA – DUSK

There’s a big round table with twelve Sikh men wearing orthodox dress. Their faces are hidden under balaclava. They are seated around a round conference table in a private room. Two beautiful Indian women wait on the men. They serve glasses of white lassi to everyone. All of the men wear balaclavas so that they cannot recognize each other. HARBINDER SINGH (Tall, fat orthodox Sikh, 50, head of the organization) greets everyone as they approach the meeting table. His face is uncovered. Harbinder Singh launches into a lengthy explanation of the Hindu treatise Athashashtra. He explains how it is necessary to rule like the king in that treatise if they are going to achieve their goals. He explains how the king is like a spider in the middle of his web, how he has no friends and protects himself by keeping his subordinates busy fighting each other. In the end, if his palace is attacked he trips a lever to knock the keystone loose and brings the palace down upon his enemies, while he makes his escape through an underground passage. The scene concludes with Harbinder Singh and Goldip Singh discussing what to do about Karan Singh. It is determined with ruthless clarity that he must be taken out.

EXT. MUSKOKA – SUMMER AFTERNOON

A Ford Mustang convertible drives very fast along a winding road. It is driven by Goldip Singh (Tall, swarthy, 45, wears turban, very orthodox dress). It is spotted by a squad car parked on the roadside. The police cruiser pulls on to the road with squealing tires. It is unable to catch up with the speeding car. The Ford Mustang pulls away, leaving a yawning gulf between it and the pursuing cruiser. The officer calls for chopper backup. The police chopper appears overhead.

The high speed chase continues down the narrow stretch of road. The squad car trails badly. It’s no match for the mustang’s supped up engine. Goldip Singh stoops to see out the front windshield. He sees the chopper overhead. He opens the convertible top. He holds the steering wheel in place with his raised knees. He pulls out a semi-automatic and opens fire.

The police sniper in the chopper returns fire. Goldip Singh takes a shot in the shoulder. He winces in pain and grabs his shoulder. He loses control of the steering a bit and the car swerves.

The Ford Mustang disappears from view inside the tunnel. The helicopter increases altitude and flies over the hill to the other side of the tunnel. The chopper hovers outside the tunnel waiting for Singh to emerge. The chopper pilot appears agitated. He can’t figure out what’s taking Singh so long. He brings the chopper down to road level and peers down the tunnel. It’s too dark. He can’t make anything out. There’s no sign of the car, so he pulls up and flies above the mountain.

He spots Singh, who’s abandoned the car and double-backed, running in the woods. The pursuing police car enters the tunnel and finds the abandoned car with the driver’s door open.

The squad car squeals to a halt. The officer opens the door and stands behind it with gun drawn. Sirens are heard approaching. More squad cars appear on the scene. A manhunt is launched.

The police turn the bloodhounds loose.

INT. BEDROOM – LATE EVENING

They enter the bedroom and Vinesh closes the door behind them. Sunita practically attacks him, curling one leg around him seductively in an expression of wanton desire. They fall onto the bed.

Supported on her elbows, Sunita stares at him, head resting in her hands. Sunita begins a seductive striptease. Vinesh cautions her to be careful what she says and not to talk dirty as he has got her a talking parrot for her birthday. Vinesh gets up to fetch the birdcage, which is in the washroom. He brings it in to show Sunita. The birdcage has a big bow in it. Sunita sits up in bed to get a close look at her present.

INT. THE DESHMAN RESIDENCE – MORNING

The morning maid service has come to do the housework. THE MAID (Hispanic, 55, frumpish) changes the sheets on the bed. The parrot shouts, “What a gorgeous ass!” The maid turns self-consciously to see her reflection in the mirror. She has quite the large ass and so appears quite pleased with the compliment. The maid smiles and looks around self-consciously. She then looks in the closet and under the bed for her mysterious suitor. The maid rushes to the bathroom, hesitates and knocks ever so gently on the door. The maid strips off her jacket, partially undoes her shirt and primps her hair. She then flings the bathroom door open and enters. She finds the parrot in its cage, hanging from the curtain rod of the shower. The maid carries the bird cage out to the bedroom.

INT. KARAN SINGH’S COTTAGE – AFTERNOON

Karan Singh entertains his girlfriend VERONICA (25, gorgeous white girl, brunette, green eyes, charming) at his cottage retreat. It is a beautiful waterfront cottage half hidden in the bush. There is a sleek sailboat docked and visible through the cottage window. Karan’s cottage features a large hot tub, the size of a small swimming pool. Veronica is shown from the waist up slipping into the hot tub naked. Karan prepares cocktails at the bar. Karan serves Veronica’s drink on a platter. The tray resembles a tall ship and floats. Karan sets the tray in the water and pushes it over to Veronica. She climbs out of the hot tub. She’s shown from the shoulders up. Veronica turns and heads for the washroom. Karan disrobes and slips into the hot tub. He grabs his cocktail from the floating tray and takes a sip. He places his drink back on the tray and leans back with his arms stretched out along the edge of the hot tub. Three Tamil hit men enter.

Karan hears something and turns in the direction of the intruders. The first assassin claps his hand around Karan’s mouth. The other two restrain his arms. Karan struggles. The water splashes as he kicks. They drag him from the hot tub toward the screen door. They slide the door open and drag him out. They close the door behind them and disappear from view. Veronica comes up to find Karan gone.

EXT. MUSKOKA – SUMMER AFTERNOON

A Ford Mustang convertible drives very fast along a winding road. It is driven by Goldip Singh (Tall, swarthy, 45, wears turban, very orthodox dress). It is spotted by a squad car parked on the roadside. The police cruiser pulls on to the road with squealing tires. It is unable to catch up with the speeding car. The Ford Mustang pulls away, leaving a yawning gulf between it and the pursuing cruiser. The officer calls for chopper backup. The police chopper appears overhead.

The high speed chase continues down the narrow stretch of road. The squad car trails badly. It’s no match for the mustang’s supped up engine. Goldip Singh stoops to see out the front windshield. He sees the chopper overhead. He opens the convertible top. He holds the steering wheel in place with his raised knees. He pulls out a semi-automatic and opens fire.

The police sniper in the chopper returns fire. Goldip Singh takes a shot in the shoulder. He winces in pain and grabs his shoulder. He loses control of the steering a bit and the car swerves.

The Ford Mustang disappears from view inside the tunnel. The helicopter increases altitude and flies over the hill to the other side of the tunnel. The chopper hovers outside the tunnel waiting for Singh to emerge. The chopper pilot appears agitated. He can’t figure out what’s taking Singh so long. He brings the chopper down to road level and peers down the tunnel. It’s too dark. He can’t make anything out. There’s no sign of the car, so he pulls up and flies above the mountain.

He spots Singh, who’s abandoned the car and double-backed, running in the woods. The pursuing police car enters the tunnel and finds the abandoned car with the driver’s door open.

The squad car squeals to a halt. The officer opens the door and stands behind it with gun drawn. Sirens are heard approaching. More squad cars appear on the scene. A manhunt is launched.

The police turn the bloodhounds loose.

EXT. BUS STOP – AFTERNOON

MARGERIE DAWKINS (Paraplegic, wheel chair bound, mid-twenties) She waits for the bus at a bus shelter. A bus comes to a stop in front of Margerie. The bus driver opens the doors to let everyone off. He then lowers the hydraulic ramp so Margerie can wheel her wheelchair onto it. The hydraulic ramp then rises to carry her on board.

INT. THE BUS – AFTERNOON

The passengers in the front right section of the bus move to make room for Margerie. The bus driver gets up to adjust the row of seats so Margerie can take her position. The bus driver calls out King St. and Margerie moves her wheelchair to the front of the bus. The bus stops and the driver opens the doors. The hydraulic ramp carries Margerie to street level. She wheels her chair across the street.

EXT. NEWSPAPER BUILDING, JOE SHUSTER WAY – AFTERNOON

Margerie looks up at the street sign for Joe Shuster Way. She continues to wheel her chair along till she comes to the news building, The Monitor.

INT. GOLDIP SINGH’S RESIDENCE – AFTERNOON

Veronica has come at the request of Goldip Singh concerning her missing boyfriend, Karan Singh. Goldip Singh rises to greet her with feigned respect. He can barely conceal his profound inner contempt. His hair is down as he has not yet wrapped it in the turban cloth. His long hair appears straight, shiny and black in the room light. His appearance is majestic and regal.

Veronica appears to have a slight glint of desire in her eye. She is captivated by the handsome good looks of her host. He sits in the chair with his legs parted with his hands on his knees. He appears formidable and powerful in this pose, a sturdy warrior that cannot be jostled from his perch. Goldip Singh absently winds his hair into his turban. Veronica rises and turns to examine the pictures of the members of the Sikh temple. She spots the picture of her boyfriend and stares at it. Goldip Singh slowly unwinds the turban from his hair like a cobra coiling patiently while preparing to strike. The turban is now fully unwound. He now winds it around his fists. The cobra is ready to strike. Goldip Singh lunges forward and brings the cloth of her turban down around her throat. He loops it around her throat once and pulls it taught. Veronica brings her hands to her throat in an attempt to resist. She is a strong woman of admirable physical strength.

She drags Goldip Singh around the room with her as she attempts to escape. A chair is upended in the struggle. They slam into a bookcase and some books fall to the floor. She makes several backward kicks with the pointed heels of his shoes, inflicting several painful blows to his shins, but his hold is fast. She swings him into the bookcase and the bookcase collapses on them and pins them both to the ground under its weight. They struggle against its weight and manage to half free themselves. He tightens the turban cloth around her neck. Her color changes from bright red to blue and then to deathly pale. Her lips appear bright red and her skin alabaster as her eyes close and her body goes limp. Goldip Singh clumsily extricates himself from the fallen bookcase.

INT. VINESH’S OFFICE, NEWSPAPER – AFTERNOON

Margerie wheels into Vinesh’s office. Margerie brings Vinesh up to date on Karan Singh’s disappearance and advises him that his daughter has gone missing too.

EXT. WOODED AREA – AFTERNOON

Harbinder Singh and Goldip Singh are under surveillance by Ravin Poppat and his partner. They are testing an explosive device in a wooded area.

EXT. DESHMAN RESIDENCE – EVENING

Ravin visits Vinesh to warn him about the presence of terrorists in the area and what he had witnessed that day. He cautions him to be on alert and to steer away from news stories that might jeopardize the safety of his family.

INT. DESHMAN’S RESIDENCE – EVENING

Vinesh and Sunita are in the living room. They’re stretched out on the sofa reading. Sunita is reclined on a sofa pillow with her legs stretched across Vinesh’s lap. Vinesh is massaging her feet absently with one hand as he reads. The phone rings and Sunita passes the phone to Vinesh. The caller warns Vinesh to watch what his newspaper publishes as there are certain stories that are off limits.

INT. AIRPORT – AFTERNOON

Vinesh sees Sunita and the girls off at the airport. It is a touching scene, where Vinesh compliments Sandhya on the previous evening’s performance. Kesha touches her father’s heart when she describes the joy of flying up to the clouds where all the angels sleep. Her father warns her not to get lost in the clouds and to be sure not to fall asleep on any.

INT. BAGGAGE INSPECTION – 9:15 P.M.

Security officers Lefleuve and Larachelle spot a suspect bag belonging to a passenger boarding from Montreal. They see wires near the suitcase opening and remove it from the conveyer. Lefleuve makes his way to the security office. Larachelle puts the suspect bag to one side. He passes it through the X-ray machine. He spots two more bags that look suspicious and pulls them from the conveyer. Lafleuve calls Marc Vinette, the only security official with a sniffer dog available. But by the time the security agent arrives with his dog, the flight has left.

INT. FLIGHT 322 – 11:00 P.M.

Captain Chopra puts the flight into a steep climb and reaches cruising altitude. The flight crew distributes the meals as the passengers settle in to their dinner and an in-flight movie.

INT. FLIGHT 322, CABIN – 12:15 A.M.

Sunita, Sandhya and Kesha enjoy the in-flight Bollywood movie. A male passenger nearby stuffs his face greedily with crackers and bread rolls. He makes short work of the crackers, his son occasionally managing to sneak a cracker from the basket. Sunita and some of her fellow passengers regard the noisy male passenger with irritation as he munches away loudly on the crackers. Aware of the attention he has attracted, he chews more slowly and glances out the corner of his eyes at his fellow passengers. Anxious for a refill, Ravin’s uncle summons one of the air hostesses. The male passenger appears somewhat sheepish, wagging his head in the traditional polite manner. The male passenger turns to the male passenger sitting next to him and smiles. Sunita is one seat over and smiles politely. The air hostess returns with the basket and hands it to him with a knowing smile. He tears greedily at the plastic around the crackers and resumes munching. The noise disturbs his fellow passengers, who stare at him. He seems oblivious as his cheeks fill with crackers and bread rolls. The film ends and the cabin lights come on. He continues munching away. Anxious to make the acquaintance of his fellow passengers, he turns to greet the man sitting next to him. Anxious to make the acquaintance of their fellow passenger, the Bollywood star Ranjit Kothari, the male passenger calls one of the air hostess’s over. He succeeds and invites Sunita’s children to join him and his son.

INT. BUSINESS CLASS – 6:30 GMT

The male passenger, his son, Sandhya and Kesha chat with RANJIT KOTHARI (Tall, handsome, finely dressed movie star and fashion icon). The star is amused by the pointed and amusing questions he is being asked by his young fans. They are suddenly startled by the sound of an explosion. The interview with the star is cut short as the passengers are forced to return to their seats.

INT. CABIN – 6:35 GMT

The cracks above the windows begin to spread. A newlywed couple hears a cracking sound and turn in horror to see the cracks spreading above the window. They turn away and look at each other. They embrace and stare into each other’s eyes, where broken dreams are written. A grandfather hugs his granddaughter fondly. He appears to wear an anguished expression. Passengers and crew panic amid the pandemonium. The massive jumbo jet goes into wild gyrations. The oxygen masks come down from their compartments. The passengers grab for them frantically. Many passengers struggle to put on their life preservers. Sunita hugs Kesha, who is strapped into the seat next to her. Sandhya hugs mother and child. The cracks in the cabin show signs of severe stress. The cracks open and close like jaws amid the buffeting of the aircraft. Panels break free from the ceiling. Some of the overhead luggage racks fall open. Loose jackets are sucked out of the luggage racks and whipped around the cabin. The aircraft begins breaking up. The roof of the cabin lifts off. Passengers are plucked from their seats one by one and thrown into the air. Sunita and Sandhya are yanked from their seats as the seat belt straps snap. They turn in desperation to see Kesha still strapped in reaching up with outstretched hands for her mother. Kesha wears an anguished expression as she bursts into tears. She lingers in her seat for a moment before she too is torn from her seat and flung upward through the air. Sunita makes a desperate bid to catch the child as she passes her like an airborne missile, but the child passes through her arms into the frigid upper atmosphere. The aircraft breaks up in midair. Bodies are hurled free of the aircraft. Luggage and metal fly in all directions.

INT. COCKPIT – 6:40 GMT

The sound of an explosion interrupted the conversation. The time was 7:14:01. It was the end.

The massive jumbo jet goes into wild gyrations, breaking up in the air. Bodies are hurled free of the aircraft, luggage and metal fly in all directions. Captain Chopra and Co-pilot Trevani slump forward onto the controls. Most of the 329 passengers and crew die before they hit the water, exposed to high velocity winds and intense cold. Their bodies are twisted around and their limbs flail wildly as they fall toward the Atlantic. All are unconscious or dead when they hit the water.

SEARCH AND RESCUE, 7:14 GMT

Shannon Air Traffic Control hears nothing. There is no Mayday call. No emergency is declared. But as Air Hindustan Flight 322 descends to its watery grave, the brief sound of microphone clicking is picked up by M. Quinn and T. Lane of Shannon Air Traffic Control. Just after the burst of microphone sounds, Air India 182 disappears from Shannon radar. Lane looks again at his radar, expecting the missing blip to return, but nothing. The frantic controllers called Air Hindustan 322 several times at 7:16 to no avail.

RAVIN’S RESIDENCE – NIGHT

Ravin receives word of the disaster from Vinesh by phone. Both are obviously emotionally distraught as they are forced to confront the horror of the loss for the first time.

INT. FUNERAL AT HINDU TEMPLE – AFTERNOON

At the funeral, Desh, the eldest son, makes a speech following the priest’s opening remarks. He introduces Margerie, who gives a moving eulogy about Sunita.

INT. DESHMAN RESIDENCE – EVENING

Vinesh and Suchita are going through some family items in the attic. They reminisce about life with Sunita and the kids. It finally comes out that Vinesh found Sunita somewhat controlling. Vinesh learns that Sunchita was jealous of her sister, who was such a perfectionist and something of a control freak.

EXT. BUS STOP – AFTERNOON

Margerie Dawkins waits for the bus at a bus shelter. A bus comes to a stop in front of Margerie.

The bus driver opens the doors to let everyone off. He then lowers the hydraulic ramp so Margerie can wheel her wheelchair onto it. The hydraulic ramp then rises to carry her on board.

INT. THE BUS – AFTERNOON

The passengers in the front right section of the bus move to make room for Margerie. The bus driver gets up to adjust the row of seats so Margerie can take her position. The bus driver calls out King St. and Margerie moves her wheelchair to the front of the bus. The bus stops and the driver opens the doors. The hydraulic ramp carries Margerie to street level. She wheels her chair across the street.

EXT. NEWSPAPER BUILDING, JOE SHUSTER WAY – AFTERNOON

Margerie sees the street sign for Joe Shuster Way. She continues to wheel her chair along till she comes to the news building, The Monitor.

INT. VINESH’S OFFICE, NEWSPAPER – AFTERNOON

Margerie sits before Vinesh in his office. She informs Vinesh that she has a break in the case. She reports that Harbinder Singh’s villa has been raided and that the found a complete list of members of a secret society called The Society. She also reports that Karan Singh’s girlfriend Veronica’s body has been found and that the police suspect foul play.

INT. C.N. TOWER ELEVATOR – EVENING

Vinesh and Ravin visit the C.N. Tower to discuss matters in private. Vinesh confesses that he is experiencing a failure of courage. He receives encouragement from Ravin, whose pep talk strongly resembles the scene from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, when Arjuna’s courage fails him before the battle at Kuruksitra.

EXT. SECRET TRAINING CAMP – AFTERNOON

Vinesh and a group of cadets are in training. They are in kayaks on a river with a fast-flowing current. The half-flooded mouth of a cave is visible in the background. The drill sergeant explains the exercise. Vinesh eases himself into the cave, releasing the rope hand over hand.

It’s dark, so he pulls out his flashlight and holds it in his mouth. The current is strong and he struggles to maintain his grip on the rope. He eases himself further into the cave. The water rushes beneath his kayak and the turbulence appears to unnerve him. He eases himself deeper into the cave. The inspirational sound track for this montage sequence begins.

Vinesh goes deeper and deeper. The ceiling and walls of the cave narrow, while the current gets faster. He’s at the end of his rope. He directs the flashlight into the rushing water. He turns to see that the water ahead of him reaches the ceiling of the cave. There is nowhere to go but under.

He gets his knapsack and pulls out the map. He sees that there is an underwater passage that leads to another cavern. He pulls out his mask, snorkel and flippers and puts on his snorkel and mask. The inspirational music grows louder and more vibrant. He takes a deep breath, sucking in as much air as he can. He dumps the kayak with his paddle and submerges. He shakes himself free of the boat and struggles to put on his flippers. He swims with great urgency to the bottom of the flooded cave. The flashlight is still in his mouth as he swims. Ahead, he sees a cleft in the rock where he can get some air. He surfaces there and blows the water out through the top of his snorkel and breathes. He then pulls out the map slowly and delicately to get his bearings.

He pinpoints his approximate location with his finger. He then undertakes another breathless marathon swim to the next cavern. This time his journey is impeded by a sea monster, a stingray of enormous size that appears to have grown quite territorial. Vinesh has no time to lose and wrestles with the stingray, which makes repeated attempts to sting him with its tail. Vinesh is wise to the dangers and manages to avert the stings through a summersault vault over the fish and a spread eagle maneuver. He then wrestles a knife out of his wet suit and plunged it into the fish just behind the eye. The fish writhes in pain convulsively, swinging its tail erratically and frenetically before dying. Vinesh pulls his knife free and swims on with great urgency.

He sees the tunnel opens about thirty meters ahead and tenaciously swims toward his goal.

Lack of oxygen impedes his stamina and his legs begin to tire. He has less and less kick and his fins begin to flail wildly in an apparent lack of motor control. At the very moment that his legs and consciousness seem about to give out, he comes to the surface. He can hardly believe his luck, sucking in the much needed air. He looks around him wide-eyed at the cavern. It is bathed in a surreal blue light with long stalactites suspended eerily in the glow. His triumph not yet complete, the inspirational music now reaches a new crescendo. The rubber man must ascend the treacherous and steep cave wall with the skills of a seasoned rock climber in search of a way out.

At one point, the wall is so smooth and lacking in any foothold that he’s forced to employ a grappling hook. He takes aim and hurls the hook up a crag some meters above. The hook catches fast and he pulls himself up the pothole to another level. The music climaxes as he reaches the top, dragging himself over the lip of the pothole. He peers down a passageway toward the light and makes for it determinedly, with renewed purpose apparent in his stride. The music bursts into its resonant and triumphant finale as he emerges into the light, raising his arms victoriously into the brilliant rays of sunshine. The camera pans around him inspirationally, while another takes in the spectacular scenery of the gorge and river below.

INT. CCIS HEADQUARTERS – AFTERNOON

Vinesh is recruited to go undercover with a security company to infiltrate a factory in Boca Raton, Florida owned and run by Harbinder Singh, a known international terrorist, suspected of being involved in the Air Hindustan Bombing. He discovers that the factory is actually a front for the manufacture of Prussian Blue, a cyanide gas-based by-product in the manufacturing process of artificial food colouring.

INT. FACTORY, BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

Vinesh discovers higher than normal cyanide gas readings in the plant and investigates. He enters a secure area and manages to enter the computer database to find data related to the illegal manufacture and shipping of Prussian Blue to Iraq and Afghanistan to render the filters in the gas masks defective, in order to expose troops to nerve gas in the field of battle.

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM, FACTORY, FLORIDA

Vinesh is caught and interrogated about who he’s working for. The blindfold is removed. He is stripped naked by the interrogation team. His hands and feet are tied and bound with ropes. He is then hung from the ceiling by his bound hands. The interrogator lashes Vinesh with a leather strap a succession of times. The interrogator unleashes another volley of lashes on his prisoner. The interrogator lashes Vinesh multiple times with the leather strap till he passes out from pain. His tormentors throw water in his face to revive him. Vinesh sputters and coughs as the water runs down his face and over his mouth and nose. One of the men holds his nose so that he is forced to come to in order to breathe. The other participants strap Vinesh to a chair. They then attach electrodes and wires. They attach a wire to his penis and another to his rectum. They then attach wires to his chest, ears, temples, teeth, tongue and nose. The volts pass through Vinesh’s penis and up his body. The agonizing shock has his body in a paroxysm of spasms and contortions. The volts then pass through Vinesh’s rectum and up his intestinal track. The agony reduces him to a quivering, whimpering wreck. The interrogator signals for the switch to be thrown. The electrodes send shock waves through Vinesh’s temples, leaving him writhing and convulsing in his chair. The interrogator signals for the switch to be thrown. Vinesh’s head vibrates as the shock wave passes through his teeth all the way to the top of his head. The shock wave travels up Vinesh’s nose and his whole head shakes violently. He refuses to talk and is subjected to several kinds of high tech torture involving electronic devices until he lapses into unconsciousness.

INT. DETENTION ROOM

He is visited in the morning by Harbinder Singh. Vinesh sees a plastic bag on his chest with a hose going into his chest. He is told that it is filled with methadone and has to be changed daily or he will die a very painful death. He is forced to comply with their plans. He is told that he is going to negotiate an arms deal for them in India.

INT. PRIVATE FLIGHT – AFTERNOON

Vinesh and Goldip Singh are on board a private flight to a secret location in India. They have to do an aerial jump. Vinesh has never parachuted before. His chute fails to open properly and Singh, who’s a master of skydiving, sky surfs over to Vinesh and tries to cut his chute. Vinesh chute opens but only slows his fall partially. He ends up crashing into a jungle where he is caught in a tangle of tree limbs. He hangs there perilously staring into the eyes of a poisonous snake, poised and ready to strike. He manages to press the call button on his wrist and a Canadian intelligence unit helicopter comes to the rescue. He is rescued like a spider on the end of a thread and pulled into the helicopter.

INT. HOTEL LOUNGE – NIGHT

Vinesh is having a drink when he is approached by an attractive ladyboy. The ladyboy chats with him and appears to be trying to pick Vinesh up. They engage in small talk until the lady boy, who is really an agent of the Indian government in disguise, catches him out. He pulls out a gun disguised as a cigarette lighter and leads Vinesh away at gunpoint.

EXT. INDIAN VILLAGE – AFTERNOON

Vinesh is with Goldip Singh and his men. They are at a rendezvous point with the arms dealers. They are preparing to negotiate a sale. They are under surveillance by Indian police who open up fire on them. Goldip Singh is killed in the exchange. In a last minute change of heart, Goldip Singh decides to release Vinesh and instructs his men to let him go.

EXT. WASHINGTON, DC – AFTERNOON

Vinesh is in Washington preparing to appear before a Senate Hearing Committee related to the activities of Harbinder Singh and the Food Additives Technology plant in Boca Raton. Vinesh calls Margerie and tells her about the street map of Washington, D.C. and how the history of the United States is encoded in the street plan for Washington. He shows how the street plan corresponds to modern historical events and how the world is running headlong toward disaster unless they stop it.

INT. SENATE HEARING COMMITTEE – AFTERNOON

Harbinder Singh, Vinesh and Dr. McGrath testify before the Senate Hearing Committee on Prussian Blue and the history of Harbinder Singh’s activities. They discuss the origins and cause of the Gulf War Syndrome. Several vets of the Iraq War are called to testify. Substantial evidence is brought forward of war crimes and enough material evidence is found to indict Harbinder Singh.

EXT. AIRPORT – AFTERNOON

Suchita and Margerie meet Vinesh at the airport. Vinesh is shocked to find that, instead of a welcoming committee, Margerie has actually turned on him with a gun. She then reveals that she has a methadone bag attached to her chest. We are left hanging. The outcome is unknown.

MISSION STATEMENT:

This film visits a number of real historical events, but plays with the timeline. Any resemblance to actual persons is coincidental. While real historical events are referenced, the story and timeline are so altered as to make the fictional story irrelevant to real world events.
Collateral Agony

By Timothy Spearman

Based on concept by Ram Deenoo

Tag-line: What happens when the scale of tragedy is too great for families to find closure? Some have called it collateral agony.

TV Miniseries: Collateral Agony is a 13-part TV miniseries based on a novel by the same title by Ram Deenoo.

Story: VINESH DESHMAN (Canadian, Hindu, 35) is a Hindu-Canadian from French Mauritius. His wife SUNITA (Canadian, Hindu from French Mauritius) is scheduled to fly from Toronto Pearson Airport. The Air India flight has been delayed. She decides to disembark. Later, it is reported that Air India has crashed over the Atlantic. Vinesh races to the airport to rescue his wife and has a series of comic incidents en route. He eventually discovers that his wife is safe and waiting for him in security.

The tragedy has affected many in the Canadian East Indian community. There are two degrees of separation from the tragedy for everyone in the community. Vinesh’s friend RAVIN (Canadian, Hindu, 30) has lost family in the tragedy. Given that the tragedy almost claimed his wife Sunita’s life and abruptly ended the lives of Ravin’s relations, Vinesh feels compelled to investigate the tragedy. The surviving members of Ravin’s family have grown dissatisfied with what they see as a bungled police investigation. They wish to launch their own independent investigation and seek out a P.I. Ravin recommends his old friend and associate Vinesh, who is a respected P.I. in the Indian community of Scarborough. Vinesh accepts the job and soon digs up a host of mysteries that lead to dead end after dead end.

Vinesh finds several anomalies in the official account of the Air India Bombing and pursues the case with obsessive zeal. Sunita becomes concerned that his investigation is going to bring trouble to the family. This places their relationship under serious strain. When an old lover reenters Vinesh’s life from his days in Germany, it is the final straw. He is forced to move out. Luckiyly for him, he manages to retain visitation rights to see the children on the weekends.

One weekend, while the children are visiting their father, Vinesh receives a death threat by phone. Vinesh tries to conceal this from the children, but they are too perceptive and intuitive. They soon put two and two together when they find the family pet mutilated in the garden. When Sunita learns of this from the children, she petitions the judge to take away her estranged husband’s visitation rights. The judge agrees and Vinesh is left out in the cold. Sunita then endeavours to poison the children against him.

Meanwhile, the collateral agony spreads to other families. Ravin becomes embroiled in his own intense family drama. When his wife suffers a mental breakdown over the loss of her relatives, Ravin nurses and cares for her. When her nervous condition progresses to paranoid schizophrenia and bouts of delusion and violence, Ravin can no longer cope. Tragically, he is forced to kill his wife in an act of self-defense, when she attacks him in a crazed fit with a kitchen utensil. The plea of self-defense does not wash and Ravin is indicted for murder. Incurring further collateral damage, his children are taken from him by Children’s Aid.

Meanwhile, Sunita’s profound insecurity and weakness of character begins to tell on the children. They are shocked by her extreme displays of jealousy and insecurity. Her constant pleas for reassurance from her children cause them to lose respect and to become estranged from their mother. They become suspicious that their mother’s previous claim to have been assaulted by their father in a lie. With renewed confidence that their father has been maligned and wrongly accused, they decide to track him down. The children continue to have many adjustment problems at home and at school, which only adds to the pathos and drama. Finally, they manage to contact their father through the Children’s Aid Society. Vinesh is overjoyed to have his children back in his life. It is soon revealed that Sunita had slandered and misrepresented Vinesh in court. The judge reverses his decision and restores visitation rights to Vinesh.

Vinesh assumes custody of the children. However, the judge rules that because of the dangers posed by his investigative work, Vinesh must install a security system and hire a body guard for the children. Well acquainted with the dangers of his profession, Vinesh is only too happy to comply. It turns out that the added security comes at a timely juncture. The children just narrowly escape abduction one evening when their father is out following a lead. Vinesh races home when he receives a distress call from the children to find the body guard dead and the security system breached. Realizing that the killer is somewhere in the house, Vinesh stages a valiant defense when his family and home come under siege.

Sunita, meanwhile, manages to regain visitation rights. In an ironic reversal, she now sees the children on weekends. She sends her male colleague GARY (Caucasian, handsome, 30) around to harass Vinesh. Unbeknownst to her, Gary is actually in love with her and wishes to permanently remove Vinesh from the picture. He waits for Vinesh to come home, but before he can carry out his plan, there is a house invasion by two agents who mistaken Gary for Vinesh. Sunita is later implicated in conspiracy to commit murder. She commits suicide before the case goes to trial.

The Air India investigation remains unresolved. The jury is still out. Chances are the case will never be resolved. For the sake of the children, Vinesh decides to give the children a fresh start. The family moves to Cape Breton Island. Closure may never come for the families of the victims of Air India, but for one family determined to find peace, there is at least an effort to find closure.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

VINESH DESHMAN is a Canadian citizen of 35 at the beginning of our story, born in French Mauritius. Vinesh is confident and charismatic, but not overbearing. He has a sympathetic and attentive ear and is concerned with the affairs of others. He is aggressive in business and does not suffer fools gladly, but is a deeply ethical businessman. He lives by a pay-it-forward philosophy and is a profound believer in karma. His heavily accented English is punctuated by dramatic pauses for emphasis and effect. He has a booming voice when roused to passion. He tends to roll his R’s with his tongue when speaking, creating a sonic resonance. He is egoistic but not bombastic. He has a soft side and can be quite gentle and compassionate. He is devoutly loyal to friends and lovers. He has a strong sense of justice, and acts as a champion to ensure that justice is served. He rails against personal injustice and injury and fights for his rights with an ethical but righteous sense of casus belli.

SUNITA DESHMAN (MS. ROY), Vinesh’s wife, is a Canadian citizen, Hindu by heritage and, like Vinesh, born in French Mauritius. She is in her early 30’s at the commencement of our storyShe is a genetically perfect specimen, whose beauty is intimidating. She knows she’s got it and is not the least bit shy about flaunting it. She nevertheless suffers from an inferiority complex and agoraphobia related to social gatherings and party settings. She does not go out in public often and is generally homebound. This makes her extremely insecure, jealous by nature and profoundly dependent on others. She is aware of her feminine charms and uses them to advantage, especially to manipulate suitors and male charges.

GARY MUELLER, Canadian born, about 30, is naïve and easily manipulated. Gary is the classic cuckold, completely besotted with and under the control of his employer, Sunita. Extremely possessive and territorial, he guards his female boss with a devotion seldom seen even in a family pet. No favor is too great, no duty too small for Gary. He is at Sunita’s beck and call 24/7. In the wake of her divorce, Gary lives in eternal hope that his devotion will eventually win over Sunita’s heart, but he is dreaming. Her rebuffs and spurning of his advances only add fuel to his burning desire for her. Sunita, in her turn, takes full advantage of Gary’s infatuation to turn him into an indentured servant and virtual household slave.

DESH is the 15-year-old son of Vinesh and Sunita at the commencement of the story. Desh is a chip off the old block. He shares his father’s strength of character and is mature beyond his years. He has a strong sense of righteousness like his father. He is faithful and loyal by nature and has a strong bond with his father. The separation from his father has a devastating effect on him. He can find no peace or contentment until he resolves the rift created by his parent’s divorce.

KESHA is the16-year-old daughter of Vinesh and Sunita at the commencement of the story. Kesha is a stunning girl, who takes after her mother in terms of looks and feminine charms. But unlike her mother she is stable of temperament and not so easily ruffled. She also misses her father and does not understand her mother’s cruel actions toward her father. She harbors a degree of resentment and something of an Electra complex, which is exacerbated by the conflict between her mother and brother.

JAY DESHMAN is the 30-year-old younger brother of Vinesh. He is a caring uncle and a devout and loyal brother and friend. He would do anything for friends and family. He is a man’s man and something of an athlete. Not terribly intellectual, he is nevertheless affable and good-natured.

RAVIN is Vinesh’s 35-year-old best friend. He is a bit of a player and something of an opportunist, but is faithful and committed to family and friends. When he loses his family members in the Air India tragedy, he is devastated and never fully recovers from the trauma. While he appreciates Vinesh’s commitment to the investigation into cause and motive, he does not share his drive. Ravin lacks the fortitude, strength and courage to join Vinesh in the investigation. Instead, he offers advice and cheers Vinesh on from the sidelines.

MARIE is a middle-aged British case worker for the Children’s Aid Society. She is overweight, of youthful complexion, but dyes her hair blonde to hide the grey. Marie is gregarious and outgoing. Her personality is engaging and projects warmth, which makes people like and trust her.

RACHEL is a tall 35-year-old auburn-haired case worker with the Children’s Aid Society. She is genuinely compassionate and caring. She wants the best for all clients. She has only good will for all concerned. Even where there is a dysfunctional family or parent involved, she searches for a humanistic solution that is in everyone’s best interests.

MISSION STATEMENT:

The purpose of this project is to examine the two degrees of separation involving everyone collaterally affected by the Air India tragedy, the greatest act of terror in our nation’s history. In addition, the filmmakers wish to examine what it’s like to never achieve closure. In the case of the Air India disaster, the families involved never found closure, nor did the Canadian family at large. The case has never been resolved to the satisfaction of anyone. There remain many unanswered questions and unresolved issues. Despite an exhaustive investigation – the most expensive in Canadian history – those responsible have never been brought to justice to the satisfaction of the families and surviving relatives of the deceased. The film examines the phenomenon of never finding closure, accountability or retribution. This theme is embodied in the story concept, dramatic action, and storyline of the film. In fact, the film itself finds no closure, leaves one hanging and establishes no resolution. The unorthodox ending accords with the unresolved nature of the national tragedy itself.
NO OTHER CHOICE
TREATMENT
Major Characters:
GEORGE BLAKE: In his official capacity, he is Vice-Consul of the British Embassy in Seoul. He is really an SIS agent, who later works for the KGB as a double agent and main protagonist along with YONJI and KIHYUN. Baker’s character and life are based on the real life story of super spy George Blake. He is a genius intellectually with a tremendous facility for learning languages. He is also extremely robust and healthy, braving great hardships, including hunger and malnutrition as well as intense cold.
PARK YONJI: YONJI is the beautiful secretary of PRES. RHEE SYGMAN. She becomes friends with and enters into a marriage of convenience with GEORGE BLAKE. She is kind, generous, and self-sacrificing to the point of martyrdom. There is nothing she will not do to relieve the suffering of others.
HAN SUNGMIN: Works at American Embassy in Seoul. He is a devoted friend of BLAKE and PARK YONJI. He suffers from unrequited love, but remains a faithful and trusted friend of YONJI. He is somewhat naïve and a little too trusting by nature. He is extremely loyal, but with a tendency to be self-sacrificing. He is an ardent supporter of democracy and gives his life fighting for the cause.
LEE HAKSOON: North Korean double agent and fanatical adherent to ideology, unbending in her commitment to duty. Her commitment to ideology causes her to sacrifice every form of virtue and honor. Loyalty to the cause is everything. She is a strong woman with a strain of masculinity in her character. She has a sense of humanity despite her devotion to the cause. Shows compassion and mercy toward those she respects.
Minor Characters:
SEAN HAMILTON: He is a reporter with the London Times. Naïve and idealistic, he is intensely curious and has a strong spirit of adventure. The legendary Blake has captured his interest.
SEAN BOURKE
He is an amusing and colorful Irishman. He is an attention-monger in search of any kind of fame or infamy. He is extremely loyal to his friends and will give his life for any cause he considers worthy. He is something of a troublemaker nevertheless. While loyal, he is extremely careless and irresponsible and can prove a great liability to those close to him.
MICHAEL: An accomplice in the springing of GEORGE BLAKE. Has a good sense of humor with a hearty, infectious laugh. He is loyal to the cause and has a strong sense of moral righteousness.
PAT: An accomplice in the springing of GEORGE BLAKE, with good sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He is extremely loyal with a strong sense of mission.
ANNE: PAT’S wife and extremely thoughtful and caring with a strong commitment to helping those in need.
CAPTAIN HOLT: The Consul of the British Embassy in Seoul, a decent man who has all the virtues of a well-formed character. Morally self-righteous and superior, he does not suffer fools gladly, but can be understanding.
PHILIP DEAN: One of the prisoners in the POW camp. Has a strong sense of moral duty. Easily riled and not afraid to speak his mind, he shows violent opposition toward any form of injustice. He is brave, capable of enduring great hardship, and intensely loyal to his friends.
FRENCH DIPLOMAT: One of the prisoners in the POW camp, extremely cultured and well-educated. Intellectually arrogant and chauvinistic toward people holding other values or ideologies. He is a master rhetorician with a highly developed sense of irony and delights in outwitting his opponents in debate.
SOVIET COMMANDER: Fierce commitment to duty, fanatical adherent to ideology, ruthless in his pursuit of what he wrongly considers righteousness. His character is similar to Javier in Les Miserable.
DE COURCEY: BAKER’S fellow prisoner at Wormwood Scrubs prison. Intensely loyal, he behaves like a little brother to his elders. Will lay down his life for people he respects and admires.
MEDIC/NORTH KOREAN DOCTOR: He is a N.K. army medic. YONGJI meets him at a POW camp, where he is employed as the camp doctor. A moral hypocrite, who self-righteously justifies himself by being a faithful adherent to the Communist cause, but demonstrates no personal integrity or loyalty.
‘NO OTHER CHOICE’
Screenplay by Timothy Watson
Based on novel by Park Young-sook

1- WORMWOOD SCRUBS PRISON
Fellow MI6 agent comes to see GEORGE BLAKE at Wormwood Scrubs Prison. He checks in and enters the visitor’s area, but BLAKE is not there. He goes back out to reception to ask after BLAKE and is informed that he is not in his cell and cannot be located. Just then the alarm goes off and prison guards converge on the parking lot from all directions. The MI6 agent soon learns of GEORGE BLAKE escape.

2- BLAKE ESCAPES
With the assistance of accomplices on the inside and the outside, BLAKE escapes. After a dangerous descent from the prison roof, he contacts his accomplice by walkie-talkie. His accomplice is watched by a security guard with a German shepherd. He can’t respond and is forced to drive off to avert suspicion. After running lights and weaving frantically through traffic, he returns to the agreed to meeting point by the prison wall. Just then a couple drive up and park their car right in front of the getaway vehicle. They start making out, causing another unnecessary delay. When they finally drive off, he throws the rope ladder over the wall. BLAKE climbs the wall and jumps, but is injured in the fall.
3- SLEEPLESS NIGHT
BLAKE suffers a broken arm from the fall. He can’t sleep all night. The next day his accomplice O’CONNER calls his mates and asks them to track down a doctor. They manage to find a doctor and bring him to the hideout. The doctor treats BLAKE and vows to maintain confidentiality.

4- BLAKE ESCAPES BRITAIN
With the help of several accomplices, a plan is hatched to get BLAKE out of the country. One of the accomplices devises a fake passport, while the others outfit the van with a hidden compartment so the wanted man can be smuggled out of the country. The first leg of the journey takes them to the Dover ferry. BLAKE suffers a near blackout during the journey as his hot water bottle gives off dangerous fumes that nearly asphyxiate him. Following the ferry journey, the smuggling van crosses over several European border checkpoints till they reach the East German border checkpoint, where BLAKE’S contacts have rendezvoused to meet him.
5- INTERVIEW IN RUSSIA 2000
SEAN HAMILTON travels to Russia to hold an interview with GEORGE BLAKE. BLAKE tries to raise the price for the interview, but HAMILTON is a hard bargainer. HAMILTON begins by asking him questions about BLAKE’S escape. He is especially curious to know how he was smuggled out of Britain.

6- YONJI AND BAKER TOUR SEOUL
This scene is about class conflict. BLAKE witnesses an incident of police brutality firsthand. This incident leaves a lasting impression on him and plays a major part in his later conversion to Communism. YONJI later takes him to see a Korean masked dance. She explains how the dance is rooted in traditional Korean peasant culture. He is fascinated and identifies himself with the masked performers as he is also in a mask, pretending to be a British diplomat when he is really a spy.

7- HAK-SOON’S ESCAPE
BLAKE and YONJI attend a party at an officer’s club. LEE HAKSOON, BLAKE’S former lover, spots him in the crowd. This leads to an embarrassing encounter, but BLAKE and YONJI maintain their poise. HAKSOON, offended, leaves the party early. HAKSOON returns to her lover’s barracks on the base. She receives a warning from North Korean intelligence that she has been exposed. She has no choice but to flee. She tries leaving by the fire escape, but has to fight off a member of the squad assigned to kill her. When the MPs burst into the room, they take aim, but end up killing their own man instead. HAKSOON places a wig over her lover’s head before departing, turning him into a tragic decoy. KIHYUN hears the shot and goes to investigate.

8- EVACUATION
YONJI and BLAKE attend another party when they receive disturbing news. They learn of the North Korean army’s offensive and crossing of the border. North Korea advances south and will reach Seoul within hours. Civilians are instructed to evacuate the city. BLAKE decides to stay, but insists that YONJI join the presidential motorcade heading south.

9- BORDER RUN
When YONJI learns about diplomats and other officials being removed to POW camps, she becomes desperate for news about BLAKE. She seeks SUNGMIN’S help, knowing that his job has familiarized him with the locations of camps both friendly and unfriendly. SUNGMIN thinks it’s a suicide mission, but agrees to help. They are stopped by a patrol en route and are later attacked, barely escaping with their lives. When the jeep is shelled and overturned, they have to proceed on foot. The medic makes it to the border as promised.

10- CAPTURE AND DEATH MARCH
In this scene, SUNGMIN and KIHYUN are on assignment. They are on a reconnaissance mission in the North. KIHYUN is captured but Sung-min manages to escape. KIHYUN is taken away to join a column of prisoners marching north. Here, BLAKE and KIHYUN meet for the first time. BLAKE wins KIHYUN’S admiration by caring for the injured. They become friends. The Soviet commander is ruthless, shooting an American commander and a nun in cold blood. Then, to make the food rations go further, a group of South Korean officials are taken away and shot. BLAKE and KIHYUN plan an escape. They wait till the fires are put out and sneak out of camp late one night. They are ambushed by a North Korean patrol, but this time KIHYUN escapes. BLAKE is taken before a North Korean commander, who orders his execution. BLAKE narrowly escapes death by speaking in Russian. Impressed by his Russian, the North Korean commander calls off the firing squad and invites him to join him for dinner.
11- YONJI GIVES BIRTH
YONJI returns to Seoul and lives on her own at KIHYUN’S place. She carries his child and is in an advanced stage of pregnancy. She suffers from fatigue and a bad cold. There’s a fierce blizzard outside, but she has to get groceries and other supplies from the army base. By a happy coincidence, SUNGMIN is on the base and sees her. It is a driving blizzard and YONJI collapses due to fatigue and illness. SUNGMIN follows her in the driving snow, finds her, and carries her back to his apartment, where she revives. There, in the comfort of his home, she tells him that it is KIHYUN’S child. She also tells him the story of how they first met and later fell in love. Later, she asks him to take her back to KIHYUN’S place where she gives birth to a beautiful baby girl.
12- SUNGMIN DIES
The scene opens with YONJI shouting hysterically at KIHYUN, holding a knife at him and warning him not to come any closer. She then flees down a winding pathway in the woods to escape KIHYUN. The audience is in suspense because they don’t know what has happened. We are not sure whether KIHYUN is threatening her life or she his. It later becomes evident that YONJI intends to do herself some mischief. KIHYUN finally manages to persuade her to give him the knife. KIHYUN then relates the story of how their friend SUNGMIN was killed on the mission. KIHYUN explains how he was on a diving mission, laying some explosives on a communication cable, when he felt a tug on his line signaling him to surface. SUNGMIN meanwhile was talking with the commander of the other boat, when machinegun fire sprayed the deck, taking out one of their crewmembers. One of their own convoy then returned and opened fire on the North Koreans, but it was too late. SUNGMIN is already hit, falling headlong into the sea. KIHYUN surfaces to see the South Korean boat in hot pursuit of the North Koreans. He finds SUNGMIN lying face down in the water and pulls him from the water.

13- MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Several prisoners are in the infirmary suffering from illnesses ranging from pneumonia to dysentery. One of the prisoners, a priest, is taken away to the death house. The prisoners see this as a bad omen. One of the prisoners explains how vermin usually leave a man’s body when he’s in the early stages of death. The other prisoners find this deeply disturbing. BLAKE gives his meals to the weaker prisoners to help improve their chances. BLAKE is suffering from dysentery. He and the other prisoners will die if they don’t receive proper treatment and medicine. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, YONJI begs the camp doctor to do something. He owes her a debt, as he was the medic whose life she saved early in the war. He refuses to help despite owing her his life. She bargains with him, promising to give him at least one ideological convert in exchange for some medicine. He makes an additional demand in order to fulfill his end of the bargain – sex of course.
14- MARRIAGE AND ARMISTICE
An armistice is declared and the prisoners are told they are to be sent home. YONJI has no place to go, as the South Korean government is not likely to welcome her in view of her work at the camp. BLAKE convinces her that marrying him is the best option. As a British subject, she can travel anywhere in the free world. They are married in a humble ceremony at the camp. There will be a short scene showing the Western wedding followed by the traditional Korean wedding. YONJI departs for Seoul, promising to join BLAKE in London after retrieving her child from Seoul. BLAKE and the other prisoners are transported to China and take the Trans-Siberian Express from there. BLAKE meets his KGB contact on board the train. They are making plans for a future rendezvous, when their meeting is interrupted by a knock on the door. CAPTAIN HOLT has come looking for BLAKE. He is introduced to the Russian. He seems slightly suspicious, but says nothing.

15- ON ENGLISH SOIL
YONJI and JENNIFER meet BLAKE at Heathrow Airport in London. The reunion is happy, but short-lived. BLAKE often works late at the office, photographing and documenting everything of importance in order to turn it over to the KGB. He comes across the plans for a wiretapping tunnel scheduled for construction in East Berlin. BLAKE sabotages the plan from the outset by passing on the information to his contacts. Meanwhile, a Polish defector defects to Washington and is supplying his CIA contacts with information on KGB intelligence moles working for British intelligence, among them BLAKE.
16- INTERROGATION
BLAKE is recalled to London from Lebanon where he takes an intensive course in Arabic. He is suspected of spying for the Soviets and is interrogated by a team of MI6 agents. At first, he denies their allegations, but later fesses up.
17- TRIAL AT THE OLD BAILEY
The scene opens with BLAKE’S attorney urging him to show remorse for his past actions. When BLAKE refuses, it is clear to everyone, including himself that the case is lost. All that remains is sentencing. The scene will show the highlights of the trial and the passing of sentence. The sentence comes as a big blow. 42 years is excessive for a crime of this kind. It is clear that the judge has decided to make an example of BLAKE.
18- EPILOGUE
BLAKE and HAMILTON are watching the reunion of Korean families divided by war and cold war. BLAKE very dramatically and with great passion reveals the true nature of global politics to the naïve young reporter. Amazed and horrified by the depth of deception, HAMILTON asks questions that delve deeper into the heart of things. BLAKE describes the secret governments operating behind the scenes. What makes the revelations powerful is that they are made by a man who knows, a man who works behind the scenes, and who watches the political puppet masters pulling the strings firsthand. The scene ends with more footage of joyous families reuniting for the first time in fifty years.

GODSE

ONE PAGER
GODSE is the story of Gandhi’s life from his early days studying for the Bar in London to his assassination and beyond. It tells the story from the side history has never got to here, the story as told by Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.
The story opens in 1890 with young Gandhi in London, where he studies law. He has clandestine dates with a young woman quite inappropriately having left his young bride back in India.
A century later, two free-lance documentary filmmakers go off to India in search of the real Gandhi. Their investigations open a can of worms as they come across the ten surviving pages of Gandhi’s London Diary. They soon learn that in his London days, Gandhi is initiated into Freemasonry and through that open door – Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
They soon discover that Gandhi is a far more complex figure than they had imagined. They follow his career to South Africa, where they learn by sifting through archived material that Gandhi lied about the racial train and coach incident, where he was purportedly thrown off a train at Pietermaritzburg Station. They learn that the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Opinion newspaper, Rev. J.J. Doke, opportunistically turned Gandhi into a martyred saint for political motivations. By comparing the four biographical and autobiographical accounts of the incident, they discover the fraud Gandhi committed on the world’s citizens.
The filmmakers imagine placing Gandhi on the witness stand and subjecting him to cross-examination. A fictional courtroom trial is shown, in which Gandhi is cross-examined by the filmmakers. Under cross-examination, Gandhi is exposed as a fraudster, who has lied about his past for political advantage. This is an effective counterpoint to the later real-life trail of Gandhi’s assassin, Natharam Godse.
The two free-lancers manage to dig up Gandhi’s past as a campaigner in South Africa. As Gandhi addressing a body of fellow Indians in a town hall in Johannesburg, he raises a motion for a permanent Indian militia in South Africa. He proposes forming a volunteer ambulance corps of Indian stretcher-bearers to convince the British that they are loyal followers of the British Empire.
Gandhi becomes a sergeant major in the British Army. His ambulance team joins the British in their effort to suppress the Kafir uprising. Our free-lancers discover that Gandhi acts as a recruitment officer for the British Army in the Boar War, WWI and WWII. The filmmakers also learn that Gandhi had secret meetings with arms dealers and a Muslim terrorist organization known as the Muslim League.
The plot to murder Gandhi is hatched in England by agents of the Inns of Court law schools. The first murder attempt fails, but the assassins try their luck a second time. Gandhi is assassinated and Natharam Godse is arrested in the square before hordes of onlookers. He is later hung before a cheering crowd.
Our filmmakers read Gopal Godse’s book May It Please Your Honour based on the courtroom testimony of Gandhi’s assassin Natharam Godse. Natharam Godse is on trial for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi. He gives his courtroom defence, but the Congress Party of India ensures that not a word of Godse’s defence is published in any of the Indian newspapers. The police steal the notebooks out of the reporters’ hands and destroy them right in the courtroom.
Godse’s courtroom testimony exposes Gandhi as a traitor and agent of the British Crown. He implicates him in the partitioning of India and Pakistan, an act he performed as an agent of Freemasonry, and accuses him of being a traitor.
The story ends with a montage sequence of the history of Masonic machinations in world affairs over the course of the 20th century.
THE DAUGHTERS OF KOMUNDO

TWO PAGE SYNOPSIS

SETTING

KOMUNDO is an island just off the east coast of Korea in the Sea of Japan. It was named Fort Hamilton by the British, who used it as a surveillance and reconnaissance post for monitoring the Soviet advance eastward.

But this story begins there and migrates to other locales, including Seoul and other locations on the Korean peninsula including Kwangju, the site of the historic massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators featured in PART FOUR of the four-part TV miniseries, Seoul, the main theatre of war in the Korean War, and North Korea.

The story then migrates to ENGLAND in PART TWO, where Meehee goes in search of her English relatives, as they are the only living survivors after both her English father and Korean mother were tragically killed on the Island of Komundo in a massacre of Christians which took place under Prince Regent Dongwangun.

The story later migrates further west to America in PART FOUR, so the story is set in three countries and may be one of the broadest canvasses in TV miniseries history.

The story encompasses Korea’s tragic and bloody modern history from the late 19th century to the Seoul 1988 Olympics, passing through a succession of tragic histories including the cruel and bloody Japanese Colonial Era, WWI, WWII, the KOREAN WAR, and the post-war dictatorships of PARK CHUNG-HEE, CHUN DOO-HWAN, and ROH TAE-WOO, including the KWANGJU MASSACRE, in which many pro-democracy demonstrators were mowed down indiscriminately by machine gun fire.

HOW STORY CAME ABOUT

The story is based on Korean novelist Park Young-Sook’s novel KOMUNDO, which was a bestseller in Korea. She then subcontracted the writing of the screenplay to Timothy Spearman, the screenwriter of this project. Spearman adhered only to the main storyline involving a FOUR GENERATION MOTHER AND DAUGHTER FAMILY SAGA.

MAIN CHARACTERS

The main characters in this four-part TV miniseries are the mother and daughter cast beginning with OKEE, then MEEHEE, SOOKEE and JIYOUNG. Other main characters include the lovers, friends and enemies who surround them throughout.

OKEE’S STORY

OKEE witnesses the beheading of her mother and a host of other Christians at a shrine on the Island of Komondo. Okee finds her mother’s ring still on her hand and uses it as a passport to freedom. Her new life as a kept woman of a rich nobleman is far from ideal, but she manages to survive and later return to her island home.

A British sailor stationed on a ship just off the coast of the Island of Komundo falls in love with a Korean woman named OKEE he meets by chance during one of his island visits. They meet secretly and conceive a child together. She is later exiled for this liaison with a foreigner. Peter is later killed at sea and OKEE is then abandoned to an even sorrier fate.

MEEHEE’S STORY
MEEHEE leaves in search of her English relatives. When she arrives, she learns her grandparents have recently passed on. She falls in love with a Korean diplomat stationed in Seoul, who is later murdered. MEEHEE later falls victim to a plot to have her mind-controlled as an assassin by the Japanese, who wish to use her to kill a prominent Korean freedom fighter in London. She is mind-programmed through trauma-based mind control to carry out the hit at an opera but is later exonerated when it is discovered that she has been deployed in a psyops program under the Japanese.

SOOKEE’S STORY

SOOKEE lives through a horrendous ordeal during the Japanese occupation of Korea during WWII, where she is forced into prostitution as a comfort woman for Japanese officers. She survives and ensures that her daughter JIYOUNG is spared the misfortune of the previous generations by encouraging her to go abroad.

JIYOUNG’S STORY

JIYOUNG is educated in America in compliance with her mother’s wish, but she longs to return to Korea to help with the struggle to bring greater human rights and democracy to the troubled country. She takes part in the pro-democracy demonstration in front of the legislature building in Kwnagju. The army opens fire on the demonstrators in a tragic incident and thousands of innocent people are mowed down in the now infamous Kwangju Massacre. Ji-young manages to survive the bloody Kwangju Massacre, when she is rescued by a kindly American who takes her under his wing and helps her escape. They manage to get the story of the massacre out to the foreign press and then flee for their lives, running through checkpoints and roadblocks and eventually succeeding in being smuggled out of the country on a cargo ship back to America.

The music CDs “Sacred Geometry” and “Days Are Numbered” are political CDs designed to expose the lies of history. All lyrics were composed and sung by Timothy Spearman. All music on “Sacred Geometry” was composed by James Newhouse and another musician who would rather go unnamed. All music on “Days Are Numbered” was composed by a musician who would rather go unnamed.

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