Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?
Eileen Wilson: It’s about free speech and using your voice while you have one.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
I wrote it initially, tongue in cheek, so it’s a comedy-drama monologue. It was initially performed that way at a theatre scratch night and it’s interesting to see how different actors perform it. You can get a lot of laughs from being ‘revolting’!
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
It’s more relevant now than when I wrote it, especially with some of the current people in positions of power and their abuse of that power.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
Current… and relevant!
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
I think it’s a combination of ‘Anchors Away’ and ‘Die Hard’. I appreciate characters with tenacity.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
I wrote this one in about twenty minutes, it was heartfelt.
7. How many stories have you written?
I have about sixty scripts, a combination of; micro-shorts, shorts, web-episode, sitcom and feature. I’m currently over the moon as my sitcom ‘No.47 Ate my Uber!’ just made QF for Page Awards.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
This one changes all the time. Maybe ‘Trouble’ by Elvis.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
This one just wrote itself, I was completely honest and it fell out on the page.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I like equality and fairness. I’ve lived in other countries and suffered discrimination and had friends of other nationalities experience it too, so I appreciate how it feels.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
I’ve used both Coverfly and FilmFreeway and have never had issue with either.
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I love writing and decided that there’s no point putting something on paper if nobody reads it. It’s super if other people see an emotion in a script you’ve written and it makes them think, or feel because of it.
Watch the Screenplay Reading:
Timid Hope watches atrocities but has to speak out when her friend disappears.
Narrator: Allison Kampf
HOPE (F): Elizabeth Rose Morriss