Interview with Screenwriter Paul Hewitt (DRUNKEN NOODLES)

1. What is your screenplay about?

It’s about passion. Evie Muller is a bubbly, eager (and unappreciated) mother whose passion, outside of caring for two needy “adult” children and jerk of a husband, is food. After Evie’s marriage falls apart and her daughter foists the catering of her wedding reception on her, Evie finally decides to follow her dream to become a personal chef and escape her dreary personal and family life. But as we see with her first gig, the passion that makes her a great chef (and tireless Mom) gets her into trouble with clients when she pokes her meddling, motherly spoon into their affairs outside the kitchen.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Comedy Drama

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

It’s actually the pilot episode of my series called ‘Drunken Noodles’. It’s a story that will resonate with viewers on many levels. Ultimately, every episode is about passion. The passion for food, life, love, family and career – and the heartbreaks along the way (that’s where the ‘Drunken’ part comes in). Almost every episode features a new quirky (even downright terrible) client and contains a theme or moral (ambition, extravagance, honesty, racism, etc.) and how Evie connects with this client (aside from preparing fantastic meals). Each episode’s theme runs in a parallel sub-plot with Evie’s chaotic personal life or family members.

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

Undercooked Dream

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

Bond, James Bond. (all of them)

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

First draft took a week in the summer of 2019 and I’ve been tweaking it ever since.

7. How many stories have you written?

One feature, one documentary, one spec, two shorts, and two (unproduced, so far) TV series, Drunken Noodles (7 episodes) and The Jet Set (four episodes).

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

In My Life by The Beatles

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

Rewrites to ensure that Evie’s story arc in the pilot encapsulates what the series is about and leaves the viewer wanting to see more. (I guess that’s the challenge of any pilot).

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

Family, acting and sports (rugby & hockey)

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

Straightforward process. Reasonably priced.

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

I’ve attended Wildsound screenings off and on for over 10 years. I have hired the script analysis for a few of my screenplays. The feedback has always been focused, insightful and most of all, very helpful. For this pilot, it showed me how to step back and reset.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

After her second marriage crumbles, foodie Evie Muller becomes a personal chef to start fresh and free herself from two demanding “adult” children; only she can’t resist being a “Mom” to her oddball clients just the same.

Evie: Val Cole
Rachel: Julie Sheppard

By matthewtoffolo

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

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