Best Scene Reading of Hemings and Condell by Martin Keady

Best Scene from the screenplay HEMINGS AND CONDELL Screenplay
Written by Martin Keady

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Peter Nelson
BURBAGE – Gabriel Darku
HEMINGS – Dan Cristofori

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama, History, Biography

Friendship – the only thing that’s better than love (or at least, less complicated and usually more enduring). Everyone needs friends – even Shakespeare.

B>Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Friendship – the only thing that’s better than love (or at least, less complicated and usually more enduring). Everyone needs friends – even Shakespeare.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Period drama, biopic and my own self-invented genre: I hope it’s a truly “feel-alive movie”. Forget “feelgood” movies – they’re great, but there’s so much more to feel in life than just “good”. The finest films (like all the finest art) make us feel, above all, alive. I hope that ‘Hemings and Condell’ achieves that.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it is the greatest untold story in human history: how even the greatest writer who ever lived – and arguably the greatest human being who ever lived – needed other people. In Shakespeare’s case, those two people were John Hemings and Henry Condell.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Shakespeare Untold.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

‘Withnail and I’ – the single greatest screenplay ever written and the only screenplay in which EVERY SINGLE LINE is quotable. Genuinely. Go read it and you’ll see.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Twenty years.

How many stories have you written?

A lot: about 10 feature-length screenplays; about 20 to 30 short films; about half a dozen full-length and one-act stage plays; and about three or four (mostly short) radio plays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

The desire to tell the hitherto untold story of John Hemings and Henry Condell. Quite simply, without them, there would be no Shakespeare. And THAT makes their story worth telling.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Life itself, of course. But in practical writing terms, finding the ending. Finally, this year, I found it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Shakespeare (natch); sport (especially football/soccer and tennis, which I write about for the LastWordOnSports website); and writing about (and thus hopefully fighting, in my own small way) injustice. It’s an injustice that the names of John Hemings and Henry Condell are not more widely known – indeed, are not as universally known as Shakespeare. Without them, no Shakespeare; without Shakespeare…? Well, our understanding of humanity and what we are capable of would be infinitely reduced. I genuinely believe that, if anything can, reading Shakespeare will help us to save our tiny, defenceless planet, because above all Shakespeare shows that we are each other. In one sense, that’s socialism; in another sense, it’s just the truth. And without Hemings and Condell, we would not be able to read Shakespeare.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Shakespeare (natch); sport (especially football/soccer and tennis, which I write about for the LastWordOnSports website); and writing about (and thus hopefully fighting, in my own small way) injustice. It’s an injustice that the names of John Hemings and Henry Condell are not more widely known – indeed, are not as universally known as Shakespeare. Without them, no Shakespeare; without Shakespeare…? Well, our understanding of humanity and what we are capable of would be infinitely reduced. I genuinely believe that, if anything can, reading Shakespeare will help us to save our tiny, defenceless planet, because above all Shakespeare shows that we are each other. In one sense, that’s socialism; in another sense, it’s just the truth. And without Hemings and Condell, we would not be able to read Shakespeare.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Yes. At nearly fifty (and boy, it’s weird but necessary to write that), I have finally found the secret of success – or at least MY secret of success. It’s simple: hard work. But the trick is to do something that doesn’t FEEL like hard work.

Thank you again most sincerely and humbly for your interest in my work. I am more moved by it than I can possibly say at the moment. If you require any further information, please do let me know. And as I say, I will endeavour to use Final Draft to reformat the script and send it to you again absolutely asahp (that’s ‘as soon as humanly possible’).

Yours in cinema, and may I use this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hannukkah and a Fabulous Festivus…but above all, a Most Marvellous Movie-Mas: the time of year when we all do what we really want to do, which is simply to WATCH movies (which, in turn, makes us want to MAKE movies).

Yours in cinema,

Martin Keady (8 December 2016)

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo: http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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