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Bunyip Whispers in the Dreamtime,

Preface

(DISTANT CAR SOUND BUILDS UP GRADUALLY)

Narrator: ___ Bruce is completely oblivious to the blur of trees caught in his headlights. His mind is out of control as his ute tears along - a red streak shooting through the dark Queensland countryside. Enveloped in a euphoria of drugs and alcohol - he presses down harder on the accelerator.(SOUND OF INCREASE ENGINE) Harder. FASTER. His unseeing eyes miss the stop sign at crossroads atop a hill. The bright red ute swoops off the hump and becomes airborne. read more

Preface

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Chapter 1...... In the Beginning

(FLUTE/OBOE UNOBTRUSIVE) (BUSH)

Narrator___ Magical stratus clouds were strewn across the sky like finest silken wisps. So white against the bright wintry blue.(FADE IN BACKGROUND MUSIC) Australian day on the large continent was dawning with the redness of the sunrise pouring over the rim of the Pacific. It flowed like lava on the mirrored surface of the sea, fragmenting into navy and turquoise facets throwing their light up towards the mountains. read more

Chapter1..In the Beginning

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Chapter 2...... The Bunyip

(BUSH)

Narrator__ The bunyip yawned and sat up. She turned to see a gleaming sliver disappear...it was the tail end of the rainbow snake.

Bunyip__ (MURMURING TO HERSELF)Dreams, dreaming. All that dino stuff is past. 93 million years have past!

Narrator__:She moaned, and turning over to make herself more comfortable, she repositioned herself to sleep some more. read more

Chapter 2... The Bunyip

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Chapter 3...... Glasshouse Mountains

(BUSH OCCASIONAL CAR & PLANE) (BREEZE THROUGHOUT)

Narrator___ The Mother Mountain, squatting huge and pregnant spoke to Tibrogargan.

Beerwah___ This gestation period is taking forever.

Narrator___ A small stream had sprung up, and ran down between her lumpy, rocky outcrops. The mica in her eyes twinkled from the grey-green lichen covered rocks filmed with water, set deep in her massive hollow face. She was listening to what her husband had to say.read more

Chapter 3... Glasshouse Mountains

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Chapter 4...... Bunyip Whispers

(BUSH SOUNDS)

Narrator___ Bunyip crawled out from inside the old fig tree.

Bunyip___ This is Paradise. Smell the wet earth and feel the wind wafting.

Narrator___ The sound waves of Bunyip’s whispers flew past the leaves of the stag horn fern. (SLOWED BOOMERANG NOISE) Pulling the spider web from her left claw and gently easing the long leggy spider to rest on a nearby buttress root, Bunyip spied the hygros (purple mushrooms) that she so dearly loved to eat. read more

Chapter 4... Bunyip Whispers

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Chapter 5...... Anna & Bunyip

(BUSH & POOL SOUND, PLUS COUCAL BIRD SOUND MAYBE BROOK SOUND)

Narrator___ Anna was a bright form, crouching on the hillside in a secret cleft beside a spring pool. She was at one with her creatures. They were used to her being there. The purple heron foraged hopefully in the dawn light. He regarded Anna casually, and a puff of wind behind him spattered out the bluish feathers behind his head into a sort of feathery star.

Anna___ Here have some of my sandwich! read more

Chapter 5... Anna & Bunyip

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Chapter 6...... Finding Bruce

(INTERIOR WITH BUSH SOUNDS OUTSIDE)

Anna___ Hey Bunyip, look what I found!

Narrator___ Anna was scrabbling through a lantana bush. Her new friend pulled aside a large branch to reveal the belly and shiny red sides of Bruce’s ute. They managed to ease the door open, before arousing Bruce who was coming back to life with a great deal of confusion, not least because of the air bag which had burst and was now supporting his face. read more

Chapter 6... Finding Bruce

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Chapter 7......Bruce Comes to Stay

( DISTANT BUSH SOUNDS + PIGEONS)

Narrator___ Several weeks later, Bunyip came over to see how things were with the three of them. Bruce was beginning to get good colour back in his face; he had learned to help Anna and her father with the chores about the property. The change in his metabolism now that he was no longer using any kind of drugs had given him a new vigour and energy in his daily life. He was beginning to acknowledge the bunyip as a part of the landscape. When she came over to Anna's place she found him learning how to care for the pigeons. read more

Chapter 7...Bruce Comes to Stay

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Chapter 8......Gathering

(DISTANT SURF +PLUS OCCASIONAL CAR ON DAVID LOW WAY)

(PARROT NOISES EG LORIKEETS)(BABBLE OF ARGUMENT AND PEOPLE TALKING OVER ONE ANOTHER)

Narrator___ It was pandemonium in the moonlight on Peregian Beach. In among the trees the Gathering was going apace. Anna joined in the gossip. She could hear snippets of the animals, slipping and skipping into conversation. Miss Ko, the most beautiful and eligible koala, was almost spitting with fury .read more

Chapter 8...Gathering

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