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Date:Friday 22 November 4:00pm

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WORKSHOP: WRITING DRAMA FROM REAL LIFE with Donna Sharpe (BBC)

RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL [DAY 3]

Tutor: Donna Sharpe (BBC, Royal National Theatre Studio, ITV, ZDF)

Many screenplays pride themselves on being ‘based on a true story’, but how do screenwriters turn people and real events into fictional drama?

Screenplays based on real events have become increasingly successful in recent years, both in the cinema (LINCOLN, ARGO, ZERO DARK THIRTY, THE IMPOSSIBLE) and on the small screen (from the BBC’S ENID, MRS. MANDELA, and CALL THE MIDWIFE to HBO’s JOHN ADAMS, THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP and TREME). Indeed, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after screenwriters, Peter Morgan (THE DEAL, THE QUEEN, FROST/NIXON) works almost exclusively from material inspired by real life, whilst the equally in demand BAFTA and OSCAR nominated Abi Morgan has crafted the award-winning SEX TRAFFIC, WHITE GIRL and THE IRON LADY all from real life starting points.

Do you have a true story that would make a great feature film, TV drama or series but are unsure of where to start? Donna will discuss with you:

Which medium to choose
What genre suits your story best, and what would happen if you combined it with another genre
What legal issues should you be aware of
What are the social, personal and moral responsibilities of the writer when creating drama from real-life?
Should you write within a framework of realism, or transcend it?
How do you find the right dramatic structure?
What happens when ‘reality’ doesn’t fit the dramatic needs of your screenplay?
How does a real person become a ‘character’? How far can you go when Creating Drama From Real Life?

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ABOUT THE COURSE TUTOR: DONNA SHARPE

Donna Sharpe has written and directed award-winning documentary films for the BBC; had her first play workshopped at the Royal National Theatre Studio, London; and has a major historical drama series in development with ITV Studios and ZDF, as well as two feature-length screenplays optioned by independent producers. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from U.E.A.

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