Interview with Screenwriter Kris Bauske (THE BOOK WRITER)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Kris Bauske: The script is the story of a divorced woman who knows she can write a terrific book for a musical, but no one will give her a chance until an old friend arranges for her to work with platinum 80’s rock star Larry Limpet. The only problem is that Larry is a chauvinist and is determined to be rid of the woman. She refuses to be dumped, and they go head to head while creating a hit musical until Larry realizes he’s been a terrible ass and maybe he even likes this feisty book writer. Through conflict and difficulty they both grow and realize life isn’t over because you’re over 50, and they might even have one last chance at love.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romantic Comedy

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

There are a lot of men in the world who don’t realize they limit the number of opportunities available to women. Many of them even think they support women, but when they’re faced with the truth, they’d have to admit they prefer to work with other men and do all they can to make that happen. This movie shows guys how pervasive the problem really is while setting it up in a relatable, hilarious comedy so the moral of the story isn’t too hard to take. The film also allows women a chance to show the men in their life just how accepted the problem really is while watching one woman prove women really can do anything they set their minds to.

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

Painful Truth

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

To Catch a Thief

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

I wrote it in 3 days. I have rewritten it four times since then, adding a little more depth each time. I started in late March 2018.

7. How many stories have you written?

Dozens. I started as an internationally published and produced playwright and migrated to screenplays.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

In The Air Tonight, Phil Collins

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

None. Fortunately or unfortunately, I had just faced a similar experience in my own life, and I find it therapeutic to write it out when I’m really angry. The more angry I am, the faster the story comes, and this time I was pretty hot.

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

I have two adult children who still come to me for advice and guidance, so I am passionate about letting them know they are my highest priority. Aside from that, I spend a lot of time working with animals and trying to explain to people why they should adopt shelter animals and forego pet stores. Animals need advocates because they can’t speak for themselves.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It has been immensely satisfying. I have learned about festivals and competitions I never knew existed because of my membership with FilmFreeway. I have received thoughtful feedback, and this particular script has won at five different festivals this year, so it’s been mostly very positive. Of course, you always scratch your head when it wins at multiple festivals and then is completely ignored by others, but that’s the way in this business.

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

I love to write comedy, and much of my published work is humorous, so I wanted to participate in a festival that only considers comedies. I was delighted to learn the script would get a reading. There is no better tool for honing a script than hearing it read by talented actors, especially a comedy. I can’t wait to see the video!

Doyle Tipton is a successful playwright and author, but her name causes most people to think she’s a man. She has the chops to make it as a bigtime book writer for stage musicals, but she’s never actually had a success in this area. Every time she proposes a concept to a band, they hem and haw and steal the idea without including the woman book writer. Finally, Doyle calls in a favor and gets hired, sight unseen, to write the book for a musical based on the catalog of Larry Limpet and the Lizards, a multi-platinum band that hit huge in the eighties. The only problem is, Larry Limpet is a male chauvinist in the truest style, and Doyle Tipton isn’t taking any of his shit.


Narration – Katelyn Varadi
Larry – Sean Ballantyne
Doyle – Norma Dawn Dunphy

Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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