Interview with Screenwriter Robert Wooldridge (STRAYS)

1. What is your screenplay about?

“Strays” is about a lonely surveillance officer at a grocery store helps a street kid get a job, but their budding friendship soon turns into a brewing obsession.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

It’s a dark drama with a touch of thriller/suspense.

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

I feel “Strays” gives a different view on an obsessive crush and looks into the world of loneliness and the desperation of longing.

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

Gut punch.

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

That is long list… Brian de Palma’s “Dressed to Kill” comes to mind.

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

I started “Strays” in August of 2020 but had the idea forming about a year prior.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have about seven finished screenplays. One script, “The Boat”, has been very well received.

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

I have been a big fan of Eurythmics most of my life. I usually put one of their CDs in the player and listen to it on repeat until I move on to the next. Right now, I’ve been listening to “This City Never Sleeps” a lot.

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

Crippling Self-Doubt. It’s usually the biggest obstacle I face daily.

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

I used to cook quite a bit. I owned a restaurant from 1996 to 2007. I guess I still have a passion for food.

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

Film Freeway has been a vital help in searching and researching contests. It’s crucial for writers to have forums and communities where they feel safe in expressing themselves and developing their craft. We are lucky to live in world where connections can be made so easily.

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

WILDSOUND has a unique platform. It’s very exciting to hear your work read. I wish there were more venues like this. I’m also partial to the Canadian film industry. The feedback was positive from the start with some constructive notes. I felt like the reader understood what I was conveying.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

A lonely surveillance officer at a grocery store helps a street kid get a job, but their budding friendship soon turns into a brewing obsession.


Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Young Woman: Kyana Teresa
Pete: Shawn Devlin


By matthewtoffolo

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

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