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STAGE PLAY Best Scene of IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, by Christopher Hemmens


Genre: Comedy

“In The Middle Of Nowhere is a farcical family comedy about Kate; a 30-something, newly-cosmopolitan university lecturer who travels home to see her parents, Penny and Bill, in their new house on the weekend of her father’s 60th birthday. It isn’t long before she’s butting heads with her fiercely right-wing father while her mother tries to keep the peace. Things take a turn for the surreal, however, when a strange man called Fish, who claims to have been exiled from a cult in the woods, barges in on their breakfast and refuses to leave.”


Narrator: Jane Hailes
Kate: Kelci Stephenson
Penny: Penelope Park
Fish: Nick Wicht
Bill: Charles Gordon
Sidlebrand: Todd Thomas Dark

Get to know the writer:

What is your stage play about?

The play is about a daughter coming home for the first time in a long time for her Dad’s 60th birthday. Unfortunately, her politics and her father’s come to loggerheads almost immediately and her mother is left to mediate. The arrival of Fish, a stranger who claims to have grown up in a cult in the nearby woods and who believes he will die if spends too long outside, forces the family members to find out how similar and how different they really are.

What genres does your play fall under?

It’s an eccentric comedy.

Why should this play be produced?

The play’s central themes deal with what it means to accept something is true – something that has become increasingly relevant in recent years. The first part was written before recent political events so the second part will be written with those events in mind.

How would you describe this play in two words?

Surreal, Surprising

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

Adaptation (2002) or The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)

How long have you been working on this play?

I worked on this play for about 4 years while I also worked on my PhD. Soon I will begin drafting a second part to this play to make it full-length.

How many stories have you written?

Ten. Six of them are just short pieces.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of George Ezra so probably Blame It All On Me.

What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

This was my first try at writing a piece of this length so I made a lot of mistakes. I ended up writing the whole thing all the way through three times! Submitting the play for feedback taught me a lot about writing drama, character, but especially about how language is used in drama. Figuring out how to make the story make sense while also including all the beats I wanted to include was an enjoyable puzzle to solve but it didn’t come without a lot of headaches! It’s still not perfect but I’m very happy with where the final piece is at.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m very passionate about performing. I’ve been doing amateur theatre for 8 years and been chairman for 2. Doing this helped me understand what plays looked like and inspired me to write my own. It also gave me a platform to present my own work and an audience who helped me develop my work. I’m also passionate about philosophy and I find that writing plays is a great way to write about philosophical ideas like truth and reality in a fun and entertaining way that I find extremely satisfying.


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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

BEST SCENE Screenplay – ESCAPE TO PLANET B346, by Thomas Thorpe

Winning Screenplay – ESCAPE TO PLANET B346
Written by Thomas Thorpe


WILLIAM – Dan Cristofori
SIMONE – Jane Hailes
COE – Sean Ballantynea>


Genre: Romance, Drama, LGBT

Attempting the precise flyby of a black hole, untrained survivors of a lethal virus arrive in an uncharted region of our galaxy searching for refuge, but encounter an ancient race intent on eliminating outsiders.

What is your screenplay about?

A transport ship carrying settlers to a distant planet heads towards a black hole. A virus contracted in the Centauri System has wiped out the crew and most of the passengers. Two survivors attempt to navigate the ship, but miss the planned flyby trajectory and end up in an uncharted part of the galaxy. Finally arriving at a habitable planet, William and Elizabeth land in separate escape pods far apart.

William tracks his missing wife, but discovers glucose processing plant run by Coel, one of a few remaining overseers left by an ancient race.William is drugged and wakes up next to the owner’s dead body. Accused of the killing, William is held hostage by the notorious overseer, Afon and learns that his wife may have been taken to the capital city Ronna to participate in a blood transfusion purported to save Domed, young leader of the planet’s native race and who has contracted a similar virus.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci fy, adventure, thriller, suspense

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Truely unique story, with the subtext of finding one’s place in the universe and making the choice between health, wealth or happiness.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Life prevails

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

Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years, adapting from my novel which was written ten years ago.

How many stories have you written?

Eight published novels, four feature screenplays

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Star Wars theme

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Adapting novel to the visual medium.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Astronomy, space exploration, golf, movies

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Hearing the reading, receiving excellent feedback.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting: Sean Ballantyne