Interview with Screenwriter Debra Knox (Orson Welles Ashes)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Debra Knox: Orson Welles Ashes is a dark comedy about the misadventures of a couple of Hollywood wannabes who steal his ashes and try to sell them: his chauffeur and an aging actress/writer who’s trying to fulfill her dreams and buck the Hollywood system.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?


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

Because it speaks to the issues of being a woman over 40 who’s writing and striving to make her movies and stories be told and heard!

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


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

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

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

5 years

7. How many stories have you written?

hundreds if not thousands.

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

Strawberry fields.

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

My internal demons that tell me it’s useless. The Gremlin within!

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


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

I love Film Freeway, it’s an easy painless way to submit your work.

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

I’m interested in networking with other women writers/film makers and determined to make my creative dreams come true.

I was pleasantly surprised when I started winning awards for my screenplay and thought Hmmm….they get this!” It’s nice to have some love!

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Charlie and Susan, a couple of Hollywood wannabes, take a journey down Sunset Boulevard in a black Lincoln with Orson Welles ashes in the trunk and discover what it means to not give up on themselves and their dreams. (copyright 2017)


Bette – 2 – Andrea Irwin
NARRATION – Laura Afelskie
Charlie – 20 – Sean Ballantyne
Susan – 18 – Norma Dunphy

By matthewtoffolo

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

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