Interview with Screenwriter Suzanne Lutas (The Dead Ringer, The Grand Jury)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Suzanne Lutas:

The Dead Ringer: It’s about an ordinary waitress who is trained by the MI5 to infiltrate and bring down a London-based Chinese Triad gang because she bears an uncanny resemblance to the mistress of their boss.

The Grand Jury: It’s about a young outcast who gets an interview for a sought-after position. Still, he must endure a long time in the waiting-room where the test truly begins.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

The Dead Ringer: It’s an Action/Thriller.

The Grand Jury: It’s a Sci-Fi Short script.

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

The Dead Ringer: Because it is based on an actual fact. Back in 2013, the dealings and the quarrels of Chinese Triad gangs — in the very heart of London — motivated the inception of a National Crime agency, within which the London Metropolitan police and their special Chinese Unit, would team up with the MI5 to stop that growing violence.

The Grand Jury: Because it deals with a topic that most people can relate to. That is, holding an interview for a job in hopes of changing one’s life forever.
And, of course because of its unexpected final twist.

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

The Dead Ringer: Against that background of Triad’s feudal dispute and British National security concern, the script also deals with children trafficking. But mostly with coming to terms with a double identity.

The Grand Jury: The story has a Black Mirror quality to it. Set in a near future, it examines the psychology and the reactions of a group of people faced with a stressful situation.

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

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey.

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

Six months.

7. How many stories have you written?

Five. Three feature-lengthed scripts: An Action/Thriller. A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Adventure. And, a Supernatural Thriller.

A half-hour TV Comedy pilot aimed at young girls and their mothers.
And, a Sci-Fi Short script.

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

Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together.

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

The fact that the main protagonist achieves her mission and is officially recruited implies future assignments. Therefore, a sequel to the movie. Which some may deem presumptuous.

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

I paint, hand-craft costume jewelry, and also do the lead vocals in a Jazz band.

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

I’m highly satisfied with Film Freeway. It’s a wholly user-friendly, reliable submission platform site.

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

The Dead Ringer: I’m proud about all he positive feedback’s on The Dead Ringer. Along with the multi previous placements as a semi-finalist in contests like Page Awards, Screencraft Action and Thriller as well as Creative World Awards.

The Grand Jury: From my previous experience with submitting different scripts to the festival.

Then, since I received a good feedback and placed semi-finalist, I can only be thrilled.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the mistress of a London-based Chinese Triad boss, an ordinary waitress is trained by the MI5 to infiltrate the gang and bring them down.

Genre: Action, Thriller


Alex – Alex Clay
Boss – Russell Batcher
Narration – Pip Dwyer
Mei Li – Vanessa Burns
Scar Faced Man – Luke Robinson

Submit your TV Show/Pilot via FilmFreeway:


When a young outcast unexpectedly gets an interview for a sought-after position, he must endure a long wait in a room where the test truly begins.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Mary – Sydney Addison-Rudat
Kyoko – Vanessa Burns
Narration – Russell Batcher
Steve – Luke Robinson
Drew – Alex Clay

By matthewtoffolo

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


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