A young Australian man (Douglas) has an affair with an older, sophisticated European actress (Barbara) while she is touring Australia. She thinks it was a tour romance, he has other ideas.

EUROPE is a metaphor for the so-called cultural cringe endemic to European Australians. When Douglas follows Barbara back to Europe to surprise her in her dressing room he discovers that the lure of Europe is not as simple as it seems from a distance.

  • drama
  • 0
  • 2 total
  • 1 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • history, women
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 29

EXTRACT: Every castle and palace and museum I’ve dragged myself around trying to find the courage to face you; all they arouse in me, all they remind me of is the millions of victims all over the globe who had to suffer so you could have this wonderful continent. All those poor bastards who woke up one morning and saw the white sails in the horizon, wondering what they were, not knowing that this was it, this was the end.

Adult themes


Female | 40s | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 30

EXTRACT: Poor Douglas. It’s always “us”, “them”, “all of you”. Never “I”, “you” by yourself. Do you even think of people as single individual persons? Can you look at one human being and see only one human being? Or do you have to see millions of others standing behind in a crowd that stretches to the horizon? Germans who are all punctual. Frenchmen who all wear berets, Italians who all wave their hands in the air, Americans all chewing gum?

Adult themes

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