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Hotel Mumbai (2018) with John Collee - Screenplay by John Collee and Anthony Maras

Screenwriter John Collee is joining William this week on a very socially-distant recording, calling in from 7,511 miles away! We discuss John’s thoughts on living an exciting life that gives you the inspiration to write, collaborating and building relationships, and his ideas about story structure, and then talk about the screenplay to ‘Hotel Mumbai’, which he co-wrote with director Anthony Maras.

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The 21st Recap (Season Two) - Year-In-Review and Awards

We celebrate another run of 21 episodes with the latest edition of ‘The 21st Recap’! The first part of this episode is intended as an introduction to to listeners who are unfamiliar with the show and who want a guide to what we do and what we talk about. This summary of our latest episodes including clips highlighting some of the great guests that have been on the show recently.

For our veteran fans, we also present the second round of ‘Rewrite’ awards, with every screenplay up for nomination. Skip ahead to 1:40:00 to hear the awards and jump over the recaps.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Screenplay by Martin McDonagh

In this episode, William and Alan discuss Martin McDonagh's powerful exploration of anger, blame and the drive for taking revenge. The inhabitants of a small rural town are brought into conflict as a result of a bereaved mother putting up three billboards directly attacking the police chief of failing to investigate her daughter's murder. Having read the full version of the screenplay we share some of the details of scenes that were taken out from the film, explore how McDonagh made the characterisation and dialogue so effective, and try to define precisely what we think this story is about.

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Children of Men (2006) - Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby - Writing a Movie - Review

What happens when a visionary director chooses to adapt a novel, without actually reading the whole book? ‘Children of Men’ is one of the greatest science fiction films of the early twenty-first century, and results from a collaboration between Alfonso Cuarón and no less than four other writers (all of whom, presumably, did read the book). William and Alan take a look at this remarkable screenplay and its origins in the pages of P. D. James’ 1992 novel ‘The Children of Men’, while drawing out some of the key elements that make the story work on the page and on the screen, and explore the concept of finding hope when humanity feels it no longer has a future.

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Black Swan (2010) - Screenplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin - Writing a Movie - Review

A project ten years in the making, ‘Black Swan’ tells a compelling story of a ballerina striving to achieve perfection in her performance and to synthesise the two sides of her personality. As the lockdown continues, William is joined by Alan again over a video call in order to bring you this regular episode, and together they trace the evolution of the story and break down why they think this screenplay is so enjoyable.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) with Everett Rummage - Screenplay by John Collee - Writing a Movie - Review

We have a podcast crossover this week with the host of ‘The Age of Napoleon’, Everett Rummage, calling in to discuss one of his favorite historical films: ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’.

Together we take a detailed look at the mentality of the early nineteenth-century; talking warfare, culture and science, and discuss what we thought of the screenplay, which does not hold back and actually emulates the complex vocabulary used in Patrick O’Brien’s original ‘Aubrey-Maturin’ novels. John Collee wrote a fantastic screenplay, and the film was brilliantly directed by Peter Weir, though the mass-market appeal to audiences was likely stoked by the presence of Russell Crowe in the lead role, at this point riding high off the acclaim for ‘Gladiator’ (2000) and ‘A Beautiful Mind’ (2001).

The writer John Collee has made a version of his script publicly available to download here, we recommend you check it out!

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - Screenplay by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson - Writing a Movie - Review

Wes Anderson is a filmmaker with such a recognisable style on the big screen, but we were interested to see how his stories appear on the page too. Written in collaboration with Owen Wilson, 'The Royal Tenenbaums' was the film that really turned Anderson into a household name, and it is an endearing, complex tale of a disintegrating family. William and Alan speak this week over a video call, as a result of the worldwide lockdown, but we hope the content is just as informative and insightful as when we record together in person.

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Looking For Eric (2009) with Andrew Graves - Screenplay by Paul Laverty

‘Looking For Eric’ is a pretty unique film. A postal worker from Manchester in the middle of a personal crisis suddenly finds himself talking to the apparition of the legendary French player Eric Cantona, and attempts to turn his life around in order to have another shot at happiness. Paul Laverty’s screenplay is a reflection on aging, memory, mistakes, community, family and football. There was plenty to discuss in this episode, and I was joined by Andrew Graves, the author of the new book ‘Welcome to the Cheap Seats: Silver Screen Portrayals of the British Working Class’. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about this branch of cinema, from ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ to ‘This is England’. You can buy it here from the publisher, Five Leaves.

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Casino Royale (2006) - Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis

We are back to one of our regular discussion episodes this week, this time taking a look at ‘Casino Royale’. The film was intended to be a complete reboot of the James Bond franchise so we read the screenplay in that light, comparing it to Ian Fleming's 1952 novel of the same name, which first introduced the character of international secret agent James Bond to the world. There is plenty to talk about here, including how to write an ending to a screenplay when you intend it to be the first part of a series of films or a franchise, finding out what exactly is interesting about a character like James Bond, who is so prone to parody, and what needed to be done in order to reinvent him for the twenty-first century.

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Blackkklansman (2018) with David Rabinowitz - Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee

For this special episode William and Alan met with David Rabinowitz, one of the Academy-Award winning writers of ‘Blackkklansman’, based on the memoir by Colorado Springs detective Ron Stallworth. We’re sure this film needs no introduction! We talk about how David got into writing for film, his writing partnership with Charlie Wachtel, working with Jordan Peele, Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott, the surreal few years working on ‘Blackkklansman’ and what he learnt over this time. This was an absolute delight to record and we hope you all enjoy this conversation and gain a lot of inspiration and insight from listening, there's plenty of writing advice in this one!

Many thanks to David Rabinowitz and to Fairfax Village Studios in Los Angeles for hosting us.

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Good Vibrations (2013) with Glenn Patterson - Screenplay by Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry - Writing a Movie - Review

This week’s episode is all about the feature screenplay ‘Good Vibrations (2013)’ with a special interview with one of the writers, Glenn Patterson. The story centres on the life of Terri Hooley, who sets up a record shop right in the middle of the bombs, security cordons and danger of Belfast at the height of the Troubles. We cover a range of topics including how to authentically portray a protagonist who you personally know, the impact of using music to give your film a strong identity, perseverance in finding your audience and how it is for a novelist to try begin working on a screenplay.

The BBC writer’s room has made the script publicly available to download here, we recommend you check it out!

Learn more about Glenn Patterson

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Parasite, Jojo Rabbit and all of the Screenwriting Nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards

This is a bonus episode in which we discuss the merits of all of the screenplays nominated for the Academy Awards this year, in the two categories of Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. Now that we know who the winners are, we talk about whether we felt the right choices were made. This is a spoiler-free episode so if you haven’t seen all the films, don’t fear, we won’t ruin any of them for you.

Note: the Academy does not have ‘judges’ but there are specific members of the Academy who can vote on these categories, in the podcast we used the word ‘judge’ as shorthand to mean anyone who is meant to be casting a vote and making that judgement about which screenplays they felt should win.

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