Watch NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ Best Scene:
NARRATOR – David Occhipinti
GOMEZ – Geoff Mays
LARGE GUY – Jarrid Terrell
SUSIE – Christina Santos
BLONDE – Holly Sarchfield
TEACHER – Lorry Ayers
Get to know writer Graham Parke:
1. What is your screenplay about?
No Hope for Gomez! is the story of a guy who’s convinced life is verifiably harder on him than it is on others. When he falls for an assistant in a mysterious drug trial, he teams up with a misguided YouTube dating guru to reel in The One, but soon the trial’s side-effects have him questioning his increasingly strange experiences, and the dating guru turns out to be very different from what he made himself out to be.
2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
I think it would make a great series as there is a wealth of quirky/zany material to be mined with these characters battling life, bad luck, and relationships in their own, off-beat ways. The series is based on my three award winning independent novels.
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
This particular project started out as a novel, which won a few indie awards (including a Kirkus best of Indie listing) a couple of years ago, then turned into a pilot episode.
6. How many stories have you written?
Too many to count. But if you want a number, let’s just say… erm… seventy-four-and-a-half.
7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?
The idea of turning No Hope for Gomez! into a TV show has been on my mind for a while. When a draft pilot started winning screenwriting competitions, I thought I might be on to something…
8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Apart from writing I’m passionate about re-writing, getting feedback, more re-writing, and, I guess, polishing.
10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
As writers we want high quality feedback and we want it now. Wildsound runs all year round and gives professional feedback, that’s hard to beat in my opinion.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Yes. Other writers should maybe quit and find something that pays way better. It would certainly make my life easier. It’s not a rule, of course, just a suggestion.
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