1. What is your screenplay about?
THE SPLIT is a story about a true life champion, a speedway rider from 1950/1960’s London UK. After having a bad accident (came close to losing a leg) which ruined his racing career, he turned to a life of crime, working with some of the biggest names from the London underworld. It’s also a story about love, loss and redemption. About how the actions of yesteryear affect people decades later. The story is based on my infamous uncle, Squire ‘Split’ Waterman.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Many genres! Hard to choose! Biopic, drama, action & adventure, true crime, heist, romance, even historical.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
My story should be made into a film, because it’s rare for a biopic to be so incredible, so utterly fantastical. Squire was one of a kind. The motorbike racing scenes alone are amazing!
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
Withnail & I. Watched it again the other evening. Perfection.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
It took me about fourteen months to write, with an additional couple of months of edits.
7. How many stories have you written?
This is my first piece of writing that I’m proud of. The story and the dialogue just ‘flowed’. I’m currently working on a sequel to THE SPLIT, it’s entitled THE REUNION. Squire’s life of crime did not end where THE SPLIT ends, which of course is brilliant for my story writing!
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
‘It’s A Kind Of Peace’ by Faithless, featuring Cat Power.
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
Grief and Ill health were obstacles to my finishing the screenplay. Losing my mother and rheumatoid arthritis suck.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
My children and their wellbeing. Family is everything.
11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
Film Freeway is an amazing gateway to increasing a writer’s reach. Writing the screenplay is the easy part, compared to getting it optioned; getting it seen and selling it is by far the hardest part!
12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
You gave brilliant feedback, thank you! Your paraphrasing of THE SPLIT’s synopsis was impressive and it showed me that you’d really read it. You ‘got it’.
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