“The Knitting Circle”

WGA West Registration Number: 1905199

SCENE 1

INT.ROOM.DAY.

Close-up panning shot of female fast-moving knitting hands. The camera stops and starts pulling back from the close up to reveal a group of women sitting in a circle, knitting different colourful scarves. One of the chairs in the circle is empty. Next, to that empty chair, a wool basket is placed with an unfinished scarf. No one speaks.

The camera stops at MIA, in her 40’s, who glances at the wall clock, showing 10:15.

Suddenly the front door flies open and breathless woman in her 40’s runs in. ADA and MIA lock eyes.

SCENE 2

INT.ROOM.DAY.

ADA carefully and with great precision hangs her coat up. Her breath is quick and uneven. All the other women around her are still knitting without taking much notice of her.

SCENE 3

INT.ROOM.DAY.

ADA makes herself a cup of coffee while trying to steady her over-paced breathing.

SCENE 4

INT.ROOM.DAY.

Finally, ADA makes her way to the empty chair, sits down, takes her knitting out and slowly starts knitting. (Her scarf is green, grey and yellow.)

SCENE 5

INT.ROOM.DAY.

All women are knitting together. No one speaks. The silence feels very dense.

SCENE 6

INT.ROOM.DAY.

The front door is kicked open. ADA looks up and sees a police officer entering the room. She quickly looks away, towards the clock, which shows 10:20

The police officer takes a slow look around the room. None of the women dares to look back at him.

SCENE 7

INT.ROOM.DAY.

The police officer walks amongst the women, kicking each of the knitting baskets while visibly looking for something.

He finally stops in front of ADA and looks at her for a long time. She doesn’t dare to look back; she is trying to keep the focus on her scarf.

At last, he kicks her basket but once again finds nothing.

He leaves the room at 10:28, slamming the door behind, which won’t close.

ADA stops knitting to take a deep breath. She closes her eyes. Her heart is still racing.

MIA walks over to the door and closes it properly. She rests her head on the door for a brief moment before making her way to the coffee table.

SCENE 8

INT.ROOM.DAY.

Some of the women are standing by the coffee table/counter drinking tea/coffee and eating cakes/cookies.

The clock shows 10.35.

ADA

I’m so sorry I was so late.

(Pause)

I had to make a copy of a new pattern.

MIA

(Stops)

New pattern?

ADA

It’s a big winter jumper pattern.

MIA

(Looks around the room)

Big… yeah. It’s getting cold (almost to herself).

ADA stands up and walks over to her coat. She opens an inside pocket and takes out a handwritten/drawn jumper pattern.

She hands a copy to everyone. The prints are immediately put away into secret coats or jumper layers.

MIA

(To ADA while everyone else is putting the pattern away.)

How big is it?

ADA

This is it.

MIA

(Looks at ADA for a while)

Oh, I see.

SCENE 9

INT.ROOM.DAY.

All the women are back to knitting without taking their eyes off their knitting.

MIA is a fast knitter and is finishing off ADA’S scarf who is helping someone else with hers.

SCENE 10

INT.ROOM.DAY.

MIA and ADA are saying goodbye to all the other ladies. They kiss and hug without saying much to one another.

They all leave one by one after carefully checking the streets in front of them.

SCENE 11

INT.ROOM.DAY.

MIA and ADA are decoding the pattern that ADA brought.

To help them with the task a piece of paper with knitting abbreviations are in front of them.

MIA circles the abbreviations that come up on the pattern, which then she cross-references with the words in the secret book.

BLACKOUT

The pattern reads: “1.00 PM, the central building. Lunch will be served for all.”

MIA stands up and looks at ADA.

MIA

Are you sure?

ADA

Yes.

MIA

(Kisses her on the cheek and puts the scarf around her neck.)

(Pause)

The scarf suits you.

ADA smiles at MIA.

MIA

Let’s go then.

ADA follows MIA through the back door.

THE END

SCENE 12

A headline from the newspaper that had been left at the door of the knitting circle room reads.

“Female resistance group caused major devastation to the regime. A lot of important information regarding the members of the resistance has been lost.”

(In a picture from the scene we see a knitted green, grey and yellow scarf.)

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