New Talent At Tribeca
What was once Mother's ruin becomes the maker of new scriptwriting talent.
Most budding screenwriters dream of the day they might be attending their own screening at Tribeca Film Festival. Thanks to an open competition launched worldwide, UK-based Anthony Khaseira and Chris Cornwell have done just that. Spearheaded by the Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, the initiative invited budding new writing talent to take inspiration from an initial script penned by Fletcher, and see where their imagination took them.
We caught up with Khaseira and Cornwell to find out where, aside from one of the world's most rspected film festivals, they ended up.
First up a question for both of you. Tell us about the process from when you first read Geoffrey Fletcher’s script to when you started writing. Did you adapt an idea you already had or did the script inspire something completely original?
Chris Exit Log was inspired by the dialogue that Geoffrey had written. One of the joys of the process was having restrictions and having to figure out how to twist them and build on them in unexpected ways. The dialogue implied that it was two people trying to escape a situation. The only brief was to be imaginative, and so I thought that it would be fun to have two characters trying to escape a time, rather than a place.
Anthony Reflections was written for this competition, although I have written other scripts around the idea of a ‘double’ – I think there’s something universally intriguing about seeing oneself as a separate individual, a theme I’ll no doubt explore again. When I first read Geoffrey’s outline script it was clear to me that there were two people in a place/situation that neither wanted to be in. I thought it’d be interesting to use that situation as a metaphor for something else, in this case being stuck in a failing relationship and twisting some of the lines of dialogue so they meant something else.