Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Charles Leipart: France, the 17th Century: In the crucial year 1683 of Louis XIV’s reign, after a series of notorious poisoning and witchcraft trials, Affair of the Poisons follows the adventures of Marie-Claire, 16, a young convent girl, who travels to Versailles to investigate the circumstances of her older sister’s sudden death. Marie-Claire becomes involved in a labyrinth of duplicity, tangled in the intrigue of court politics.
Thematically, the tale treats of female victimhood transformed into female empowerment within an autocratic, male-dominated society. The Ladies take control and turn things around—Relevance for our current state of national affairs.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
AFFAIR OF THE POISONS is conceived as a historical thriller.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It offers especially strong female character roles in a range of ages; romance, intrigue and murder are portrayed with wit and style. The BBC should love it.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
VERTIGO by Alfred Hitchcock!
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I never tell.
7. How many stories have you written?
Considering “stories” as the plays, musicals, screenplays, and short fictions I have written = estimated at FIFTY.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
LAURA, music by David Raskin, words by Johnny Mercer. The eternal fascination of the feminine mystique…
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
The historical research to accurately recreate the period was challenging, but ultimately rewarding.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Good wine, good food, good books, good friends. And great films and theatre.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
Very satisfactory. I highly recommend Film Freeway!
12. What influenced you to enter the festival?
The table-read aspect of the festival competition was appealing.
What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
A thoughtful and stimulating critique that fired up my creativity.
Beautiful redheads, jealous blondes, ruthless brunettes, ambitious courtiers…Affairs have turned fatal at the Palace.
France, the 17th Century: In the crucial year 1683 of Louis XIV’s reign, after a series of notorious poisoning and witchcraft trials, Marie-Claire, a young convent girl, travels to Versailles to investigate the circumstances of her older sister’s sudden death. Royal affairs have turned fatal. Strong female character roles, romance, and murder are portrayed with wit and style in this historical thriller.
Genre: Action, Adventure
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 http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.