Interview with Screenwriter Sara Landucci (STRONG ENOUGH)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Sara Landucci: It is about the universal truth that love does not simply fade away, discovering the true nature of a relationship after many years, understanding that love is not always happily ever after, but also makes you face the road less travel.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama/Romance

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

I think it is really important LGBT characters are represented well on screen. Here is presented a relationship that has its own issues, like ‘everyone’s’ else does.

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

emotionally resonant

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

This is a hard one, but I think it’s “Evita”.

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

First time I thought about this story was in 2008. Then I wrote it in 2014, let it sit for a while and picked it up 18 months ago.

7. How many stories have you written?

A bunch. I’m currently working on another script and have few ideas yet to develop. I’m also writing a coming of age LGBT book, rewriting classical fairytales into a series of non-violent, LGBT friendly book.

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

‘The Wizard and I’ from Wicked, the musical (according to my ipod)

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

Editing and re-writing, including new suggestions and development notes.

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

Nature, Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, Veganism, TV shows, Parenting.

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

I like the website; it is user-friendly.

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

I was looking for a LGBT festival and this was the perfect opportunity. Feedbacks are important for a continuous growing and bettering of skills, so feedbacks, even if harsh, are always welcome.

 

A phone call threatens the happy family life of established writer Nikki, who lives with her wife and child, when her former lover, Sam(antha), ends up in a coma after a terrible accident. Nikki learns she has been named power of attorney and must travel across the country to make a difficult decision on Sam’s behalf. Nikki’s current journey entwines with memories of her previous homecoming and her first encounter with Sam over a decade earlier.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: John Leung
Nikki: Mandy May Cheetham
Beth: Anjelica Alejandro

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