The 21st Rewrite
Good Vibrations (2013) with Glenn Patterson - Screenplay by Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry - Writing a Movie - Review

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

February 26, 2020

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!

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

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

February 12, 2020

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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The White Ribbon (2009) with Brian Dunnigan - Screenplay by Michael Haneke - Writing a Movie - Review

The White Ribbon (2009) with Brian Dunnigan - Screenplay by Michael Haneke - Writing a Movie - Review

January 20, 2020

Brian Dunnigan is a writer and filmmaker from Edinburgh. He is the author of the new book ‘Screenwriting is Filmmaking’ and was the head of the London Film School’s screenwriting programme for twelve years. In this episode William met with Brian in London to discuss the Michael Haneke film ‘The White Ribbon’, which won the Palme d’Or at Canne in 2009. We also hope you enjoy the twenty minutes of bonus content at the end in which we discuss some of Brian’s advice and teachings to screenwriters in his new book.

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) with Mark Herman - Screenplay by Mark Herman - Writing a Movie - Review

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008) with Mark Herman - Screenplay by Mark Herman - Writing a Movie - Review

January 6, 2020

Happy new year everyone! This week, writer and director Mark Herman is on the show to discuss his 2008 adaptation of John Boyne’s novel ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. We talk about difficult questions regarding holocaust fiction, how he went about adapting the book into a screenplay, and lessons he has learnt over his career as a screenwriter and filmmaker. This is second recording from York St John University, with many thanks to Mark for his time and to Robert Edgar for facilitating.

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No Country For Old Men (2007) with Robert Edgar - Screenplay by Joel & Ethan Coen - Writing a Movie - Review

No Country For Old Men (2007) with Robert Edgar - Screenplay by Joel & Ethan Coen - Writing a Movie - Review

December 23, 2019

This week William is in York to chat with Robert Edgar, co-author of the new guide 'Adaptation for Screenwriters'. They discuss the Coen Brother’s popular adaptation ‘No Country For Old Men’, based on the book by Cormac McCarthy. Their conversation covers many interesting topics and ideas including the techniques the writers used to compress the timeline, some of the key differences that are apparent in the screenplay, what we mean when we talk about a film’s faithfulness to a book, and the elusive nature of the story’s antagonist Anton Chigurh.

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The Lighthouse (2019) - Screenplay by Robert & Max Eggers - Writing a Movie - Review

The Lighthouse (2019) - Screenplay by Robert & Max Eggers - Writing a Movie - Review

December 9, 2019

Young and Old, black and white, good and evil, truth and fiction: ‘The Lighthouse’ is full of binaries. On a remote island in the 1890s, two wickies arrive to tend the lighthouse, and find themselves assaulted by fog, waves, storms, rogue seagulls and the onset of madness. William sits down with Alan to discuss this brilliant screenplay written by the brothers Robert and Max Eggers, paying particular attention in this episode to the symbolism and literary themes.

We encourage you to download and read the screenplay while it remains available. Disclaimer: This is a link to the production company A24’s website where they have chosen to make it available for fans to read. We are not hosting the screenplay and no copyright infringement is intended.

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Gladiator (2000) with Stuart Voytilla - Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan & William Nicholson - Writing a Movie - Review

Gladiator (2000) with Stuart Voytilla - Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan & William Nicholson - Writing a Movie - Review

November 25, 2019

Stuart Voytilla (author of ‘Myth and the Movies’) joins The 21st Rewrite to discuss the iconic film Gladiator. We analyse the screenplay using the ‘Hero’s Journey’ model, which is explored in detail in Stuart’s book. Learn about the functions of the archetypes, audience expectations regarding story structure, and much more as we delve into the characters and themes of this epic historical drama.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) with Tommy Savoia - Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) with Tommy Savoia - Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro

November 11, 2019

Eventually 'The 21st Rewrite' may cover all of the films in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth trilogies, and we’ll be aiming to feature special guests to create a special series of 'Perspectives on Tolkien'. To begin with, William has chosen to feature Cube Command’s Tommy Savoia as a representative of the new generation which is responding enthusiastically to Tolkien’s work. This episode covers differences between the novel and the screenplay, an assessment of the nature of iconic characters such as Bilbo Baggins, Gollum and Gandalf, and the larger themes that were highlighted in the blockbuster film adaptations of the original literary work.

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Crash (2004) with Eposi Litumbe - Screenplay by Paul Haggis - Writing a Movie - Review

Crash (2004) with Eposi Litumbe - Screenplay by Paul Haggis - Writing a Movie - Review

October 28, 2019

It's finally time to take on possibly the most controversial winner of the Academy Award for Best Screenplay (not to mention Best Picture!). Eposi Litumbe, a wonderful and talented writer, is taking over as guest co-host to discuss this parable of racial tensions in early twenty-first century Los Angeles.

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The New World (2005) - Screenplay by Terrence Malick - Writing a Movie - Review

The New World (2005) - Screenplay by Terrence Malick - Writing a Movie - Review

October 14, 2019

In his masterpiece 'The New World' Terrence Malick sets out to chart both sides of the forces of human history: love and betrayal, coexistence and genocide, the simultaneously miraculous and tragic nature of life on this troubled planet. William and Alan sit down for one of their most detailed discussions yet, sharing their experiences of reading the original screenplay (which was written almost in the style of a beautiful historical novel) and the profound experience of rewatching the new extended cut of the film. You will learn more about the real lives of John Smith and Pocahontas, the history of the Jamestown colony and the use of metaphor and allegory in Malick's version of the story.

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