Unseparated by Liam Cairns | Script Revolution

Unseparated

A woman and her younger brother have their video chat interrupted by the woman's ex-husband who intends to win her back, despite the fact that they still live in the same house.

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Inside her bedroom, MARIE LEIGH, a young woman in her late twenties, is in the middle of a video call with DARYL HANSOM, her younger and more clownish baby brother. He demonstrates the "Scouts technique" on how to save toilet paper, much to her chagrin, before updating her on his current situation; his job has been lost due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic and, thus, has had to stay at home with their parents.

Suddenly, a name pops up on their screen intending to join the conference; ROB LEIGH, Marie's soon-to-be ex-husband. Marie initially refuses, but Daryl accepts the invite (He and Rob had been best friends before the marriage). A tired looking Rob is seated in front of mounds of unpacked boxes and bare walls, indicating a fairly recent move. Then he opens his mouth and a couples feud erupts with Daryl caught in the crossfire.

An angry Rob throws a paperweight against the wall... only for the noise to come through on Marie's screen. They are still living in the same house! The current lockdown came into force just before the move could happen, so now Rob is confined to the spare room, Marie isolating herself in her bedroom and keeping well clear of his presence. "I just leave food at the door [of the spare room] and forget about him," she calmly explains.

Accusations of loyalty, cowardice and food served in a doggy bowl (don't ask!) are fired back and forth. In the end, Daryl leaves the conversation, but not before imparting some much needed advice to both parties. Rob and Marie are left alone to fix things for themselves. A coy Rob suggests making dinner for a change. Marie smiles.

Submitted: April 16, 2020
Last Updated: June 19, 2020

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The Writer: Liam Cairns

I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1990. At the age of sixteen, my family uprooted and moved to London, United Kingdom where I completed my education. I originally aimed to study at university for a degree in physics but, upon discovering the film magazine Sight & Sound , decided instead to attend film school. I studed Film and Television Production at the Creative Arts school in the University of Hertfordshire, eventually completing a masters degree in 2015. For my thesis, I specialised in screenwriting, writing (as well as directing) a spec script for a short film entitled Conduit , as well as scripting another short spec entitled Mr. Midnight. I co-wrote and starred in a... Go to bio

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