Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Sheila Warren: “Moving On” is about a woman living the idyllic small town life until her husband dies suddenly. Anne is faced with uncertain prospects and the sexism of 1970 society.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
“Moving On” should be made because it is an inspiring story about overcoming tragedy and personal growth. Anne is a powerful character but vulnerable at the same time. Her story will resonate with many viewers, female and male. It is a snapshot of a period of growing feminism contrasted with conservative, small town values and it contains a rich mix of supporting characters.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Hard to decide between “The Sound of Music” and “Aliens”
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
It’s been about a year since the original outline
7. How many stories have you written?
Three features, two shorts and a short documentary
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)
I Know A Place (Petula Clark)
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Primarily, it was carving out the time to write
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Photography, travel, teaching
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your
experiences working with the submission platform site?
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings
on the initial feedback you received?
I read the reviews and they were very positive. This was the first festival I sent this script to and I was very encouraged by the feedback. It identified pacing, story and character elements that worked well and the areas that needed revision. The feedback was encouraging and constructive. It helped me reach greater story depth in my latest draft.
It’s 1970, when feminism and civil action confront traditional, conservative values. When tragedy strikes Anne’s family, she finds the times are not as progressive as she believed.
Anne: Mandy May Cheetham
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Mitch: Adrian Currie
Alan: Liam Kinahan