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Suddenly, It All Happened - Turning Points in Scriptwriting

08.02.2009 - Anne Carey, Peter Cowie, Sir David Hare, Sir David Hare, Daniela Thomas

Writing a novel screenplay is an adventurous journey, a process that begins with your imagination and ends with a story structure and script. What takes place in between embodies the art and craft of scriptwriting.

This is the phase when you explore, clarify and focus your story, and figure out what’s really at stake in the film. The key turning points in a script draw people into the film, setting the entire story in motion or giving the plot a new critical direction. Acclaimed English playwright, screenwriter, theatre and film director, Sir David Hare wrote and directed the films Wetherby (1985) which bagged him the Golden Bear at the 1985 Berlinale, Paris by Night (1988) and Strapless (1989), amongst others.

He is the scriptwriter of two Stephen Daldry films including The Reader (selected for the Berlinale 2009) for which he is nominated for an Academy Award. Daniela Thomas, acclaimed scriptwriter and director, she has worked with Walter Salles on a number of films including Foreign Land (1995) and most recently Linha de Passe (2008). The two writer/directors discuss with eminent independent film producer and co-founder of the production company This Is That, Anne Carey, the underlying dynamics of turning points in scriptwriting.

Carey’s film portfolio comprises films such as The Savages and Thumbsucker (executive producer), which premiered at the 2005 Berlinale. Together the experts look at different ways in which turning points could be brought into a storyline and how to continue after the climax of a story.


Anne Carey

Producer, partner and co-founder of the production company This Is That, she produced ADVENTURELAND (2009), THE SAVAGES (AFI Best Movie of the Year in 2007, two Oscar nominations), Trainwreck: MY LIFE AS AN IDIOT, THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR, and executive produced, amongst others, TOWELHEAD and THUMBSUCKER.

Peter Cowie

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A film historian and former international publishing director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.

Sir David Hare

An English playwright, theatre and film director, he founded Greenpoint Films in 1982, and scripted and directed such films as Wetherby (Golden Bear 1985), Strapless and Paris by Night. He has written teleplays such as Licking Hitler, and Saigon: The Year of the Cat. He is the scriptwriter for Stephen Daldry’s The Hours and The Reader.

Sir David Hare

English playwright, theatre and film director, he founded Greenooint Films in 1982, and scripted and directed such films as WETHERBY (Golden Bear 1985), STRAPLESS and PARIS BY NIGHT. He has written teleplays such as LICKING HITLER and SAIGON: THE YEAR OF THE CAT. He is the scriptwriter for Stephen Daldry’s award-winning film THE HOURS and THE READER.

Daniela Thomas

Worked in film, theatre and opera for the last 25 years as director, set designer and writer. As filmmaker, she has written and codirected FOREIGN LAND, MIDNIGHT and one episode of PARIS JE T'AIME with Walter Salles. She has directed and designed for over a hundred international theatre and opera productions. She received the Golden Triga at the Prague Quadrennial, the highest honour in set design.