Interview with Winning Screenwriter Barry Brennessel (ÁNH SÁNG)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

November 2017 Winning Feature Screenplay writer.

What is your screenplay about?

Two teenage boys in 1917 French Indochina discover their feelings for one another transcend mere friendship. But the hardships under French colonial rule, and the effects of the Great War, alter their lives forever.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

LGBTQ historical drama

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

I like movies that carry me away to another time and place, especially when the setting is one rarely visited. I also like characters who overcome unimaginable hardships and prejudice. The characters in this screenplay face many obstacles in a land both enchanting and brutal.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Heartbreaking. Hopeful.

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

Orphée by Jean Cocteau. I first saw this in a college film studies class and I was mesmerized.


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