British writer and screenwriting critic
Screenwriter John Collee is joining William this week on a very socially-distant recording, calling in from 7,511 miles away! We discuss John’s thoughts on living an exciting life that gives you the inspiration to write, collaborating and building relationships, and his ideas about story structure, and then talk about the screenplay to ‘Hotel Mumbai’, which he co-wrote with director Anthony Maras. Want to comment, get news and join episode discussions? Follow our instagram @21st_rewrite. Letterboxd film reviews @whacoldwell.  For more information on the show and to contact us check out our homepage.
We celebrate another run of 21 episodes with the latest edition of ‘The 21st Recap’! The first part of this episode is intended as an introduction to to listeners who are unfamiliar with the show and who want a guide to what we do and what we talk about. This summary of our latest episodes including clips highlighting some of the great guests that have been on the show recently. For our veteran fans, we also present the second round of ‘Rewrite’ awards, with every screenplay up for nomination. Skip ahead to 1:40:00 to hear the awards and jump over the recaps. Want to comment, get news and join episode discussions? Follow our instagram @21st_rewrite. Letterboxd film reviews @whacoldwell.  For more information on the show and to contact us check out our homepage.
In this episode, William and Alan discuss Martin McDonagh's powerful exploration of anger, blame and the drive for taking revenge. The inhabitants of a small rural town are brought into conflict as a result of a bereaved mother putting up three billboards directly attacking the police chief of failing to investigate her daughter's murder. Having read the full version of the screenplay we share some of the details of scenes that were taken out from the film, explore how McDonagh made the characterisation and dialogue so effective, and try to define precisely what we think this story is about. Want to comment, get news and join episode discussions? Follow our instagram @21st_rewrite. Letterboxd film reviews @whacoldwell.  For more information on the show and to contact us check out our homepage.
What happens when a visionary director chooses to adapt a novel, without actually reading the whole book? ‘Children of Men’ is one of the greatest science fiction films of the early twenty-first century, and results from a collaboration between Alfonso Cuarón and no less than four other writers (all of whom, presumably, did read the book). William and Alan take a look at this remarkable screenplay and its origins in the pages of P. D. James’ 1992 novel ‘The Children of Men’, while drawing out some of the key elements that make the story work on the page and on the screen, and explore the concept of finding hope when humanity feels it no longer has a future. Want to comment, get news and join episode discussions? Follow our instagram @21st_rewrite. Letterboxd film reviews @whacoldwell.  For more information on the show and to contact us check out our homepage.
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Creator Details

Episode Count
51
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
2 days, 19 hours