A moral thriller that begins on Sydney Harbour when a sole woman kayaker, in search of isolation from human contact, is pelted with doughnuts by a boy in a passing "tinnie".

The woman seeks revenge, the boy's guardian becomes involved, and the tables are turned again and again as all three characters struggle for the moral high ground. A fast-moving thriller with strong comic undertow.

"At one point, Thomson has you down on your knees with pity for these people. The next, you're wiping the tears off your face and admiring their sheer craftiness. Deeply involving and black as pitch."

Elizabeth Bentley

  • drama
  • 40
  • 3 total
  • 2 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • women, gender
  • 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Teen | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 9

EXTRACT: Who'd a thought you could just hire a boat. Like just hire a boat. Nothing like just driving eh! You wonder is that an off thing to say. Stupid. You look up to him you have to he must be hitting five eleven easy. He just goes yeah. Yeah. And laughs easy when he talks and he says this is nothing like being on the road. Out on the water, you never think about that. You never think you can hire a boat just come out here. With a friend. You don't think that's something you might do one day.


Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 6

EXTRACT: Going out fishing that's a sign of friendship. As signs go it's the big yellow M don't you think? I love fresh fish. Who doesn't. People who don't eat fish. I do. If you only catch one I'll cook it just for you. I'll pray you catch some. Clear eyes a fresh fish. As clear as if they were still alive. Mind you not that it'd fool a real fish. Say a fish swimming past looking for a mate. They're not going to think lovely clear eyes let's have some funny business. No.


Female | 40s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 4

EXTRACT: Paddling for the heck of it. Not to impress. No-one left to impress. And out here, they know. Someone in a light vessel by themselves they're seeking a wide berth so give them one. Just the right degree of risk. Just enough to give the hypothalamus a bit of a workout without taking those oh so very precious minutes off my life. All in the balance. No discussion required, permission needed. That takes some effort to digest. That's how it is now.

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