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Stephen M. Hunt – August 2016 Short Screenplay Winner

ROUGH SLEEPER
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
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SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Drama

A documentary filmmaker pays plenty for a down-and-out�s story.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
CAMERAMAN – Rais Muoi
SID – Sean Ballantyne

 

 

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Stephen M. Hunt – August 2016 Stage Play Winning Writer

TWO MERCHANTS OF VENICE Stage Play
Written by Stephen M. Hunt
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CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
SHYLOCK – Lorne_Hiro
PORTIA – Susan Wilson
ANTONIO – Stephen Flett
BASSANIO – David Strauss
GRATIANO – Rais Muoi
LORENZO/LANCELOT – Adam McNamara
NERISSA/SALLY – Laura Darby
JESSICA/SOPHIE – Victoria Urquhart

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: History, Drama

A radical adaptation of The Merchant of Venice that in the main rearranges Shakespeare’s text to turn the main themes on their head and to tell a very different story for 21st century audiences.

 

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Stage Play Reading – TWO MERCHANTS OF VENICE by Stephen M Hunt

Watch the August 2016 Winning Stage Play Winner.

TWO MERCHANTS OF VENICE  by Stephen M  Hunt

 

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Becky Shrimpton
SHYLOCK – Lorne_Hiro
PORTIA – Susan Wilson
ANTONIO – Stephen Flett
BASSANIO – David Strauss
GRATIANO – Rais Muoi
LORENZO/LANCELOT – Adam McNamara
NERISSA/SALLY – Laura Darby
JESSICA/SOPHIE – Victoria Urquhart

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your stage play about?

Two Merchants is a radical adaptation of The Merchant of Venice

2. Why should this play be produced?

This adaptation is unique and groundbreaking because switching around the lines of the original delivers a story with real bite for 21st century audiences that deals with feminism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.

3. How would you describe this play in two words?

Promotes inclusiveness.

4. What TV show do you keep watching over and over again?

“Lie To Me” starring Tim Roth.

5. How long have you been working on this play?

I wrote the first version in 1998 and have striven ever since to improve it.

6. How many stories have you written?

6 plays, 5 feature screenplays and 10 short screenplays.

7. What motivated you to write this play?

I’ve seen many productions (films and stage plays) of The Merchant of Venice and found them all hugely dissatisfying because they’re always an Elizabethan mish-mash of not very funny comedy that clashes with crucially important social themes.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

The biggest and most enjoyable challenge was an extremely close study of The Merchant of Venice to select lines that I could take from one character and give to another to tell a seamless, familiar yet radically different story.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family.

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

Not every piece I’ve submitted to WildSound has met with their ecstatic acclaim but their inspirational feedback has been really beneficial. Consequently, they’ve produced for me readings of (1) this Shakespeare adaptation, (2) a short WWII screenplay, (3) a short screenplay about Death falling in love and (4) a one-page comedy screenplay.

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

Enter competitions like WildSound that will put your work “out there”. After the WildSound reading of my fantasy about Death falling in love, that screenplay was selected for production and begins filming on location in Maine, later this year.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Screenplay Reading: DEATH’S LADY LOVE, by Stephen M Hunt

Watch the June 2016 Winning Short Screenplay.

DEATH’S LADY LOVE, by Stephen M  Hunt

SYNOPSIS:

Genre: Horror

Death falls in love only to find that love is a killer.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Marsha Mason
DEATH – David Strauss
BELINDA – Roselie Williamson

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your screenplay about?

Death was originally the arc angel Michael who gently swept away those whose time had come. This script embraces the idea of death as a gentle soul with a job to do but who longs for a human life of fulfillment through earthly love. Suddenly, death falls for a woman and then finds out that love is a killer.

2. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

The idea of humanizing death as a gentle soul yearning for human love is at the heart of the film “Meet Joe Black”. But in my version death has to fight for his love against overwhelming odds and that makes for a different story that needs to be filmed.

3. How would you describe this script in two words?

Inspiring, heart-warming.

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

Charles Laughton’s version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

5. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

About four months.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written 19 screenplays and 5 stage plays.

7. What motivated you to write this screenplay?

A good screenplay must have a powerful concept at its core and the idea of death living like the man next door is a powerful, motivating concept.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Good formatting is essential so as usual, I had to spend a lot of time ensuring I had properly formatted work before I presented it to professional eyes.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, not least my two grandchildren.

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

WILDsound is a prestigious, well-respected festival so is one worth winning. Bad feedback is when the feedback author presents him/her self as an all-knowing guru. Good feedback inspires, which is what my WildSound feedback has always done.

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

Win screenplay competitions then go to film festivals and network by presenting yourself as a credible screenwriter with a unique own voice.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson