A few years back, a bunch of us were playing Trivial Pursuit. Mark Slutsky (of Automatic Vaudeville fame) was reading out the answers at random, and one of the green science answers was “Slackwater.”
Our eyes locked.
“What a perfect name…”
“…for a youth subculture.”
We holed up for a week in Mark’s Montreal apartment and wrote this feature length script imagining what these aristocratic anarchists would be like — destitute but dignified, penniless but proper — and we had a lot of fun doing it. We’ve decided to release it under a Creative Commons licence, which allows anyone to make it into a movie. We’d be happy to see people run with it.
For download instructions and a taste of the script’s characters, keep reading!
Meet the Slackwaters: A Subcultural Fable features the following characters…
The gadabout. The dedicated dilettante.
Search Jonah’s pockets and find these items:
- A monogrammed handkerchief.
- The “Wyndham” pocket-knife.
- A Penguin copy of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal.
- A ha’penny.
- A leather pouch containing ten subway tokens.
In Luis’ many pockets, among other things, are these items:
- A ticket to the 1919 World’s Fair.
- An unopened bottle of “Moxie” soda pop.
- A ragged page of lyric verse.
- A cheese sandwich, sliced lengthwise, in a ziplock bag.
- A spying-glass.
The seeker of curiosities.
Anna carries the following things with her:
- A book of the lives of the saints.
- A silver thimble.
- A crumpled print depicting St. Francis of Assisi among the birds.
- A small bottle of smelling-salts.
The student. The artist.
Stefan’s shoulder-bag and pockets contain these items:
- A university student card.
- Ten paintbrushes, bound by an elastic band.
- A can of silver spray-paint.
- Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.
- A walkman.
The alchemist. The apothecarist.
Amelia carries with her:
- Ten little bottles of brightly-colored fluids.
- A receipt from Zellers.
- A bundle of strange-looking twigs.
- A tortoiseshell pocket-magnifier.
The images for this page were furnished by Harrod’s Stores 1895 Catalogue. Text written by Mark Slutsky.