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Screenwriter’s Eye

Get Well Flowers From my friend Cris
No one does arrested development and triumphant underdog stories like the English. Today while recuperating from my cancer tests gobbly-goop, I watched movies. One that I watched that made me laugh out loud was a little film festival film titled Faintheart.
As a writer, storyteller and someone with a keen interest in screenwriting I can’t help but watch a movie with a sharpened storytelling eye. This little movie, Faintheart, though campy and corny, was spot on. It had it all; a major loser dad (underdog/wounded knight) who lives to partake in his Viking vs Normans (?) battle reenactment group activities at the cost of his modern day family. When he loses his family his new (Holy Grail) quest is to get them back. He pursues this quest for his fair maiden with medieval zeal. And I mean medieval. The coming of age story has it all; ritual, wise elders, old owls, lost maiden, found maiden, interesting objects, battle scenes, life and death. It may not be an Oscar candidate, but if you’re looking for a story with bones, this is a good example of a little movie that could, would and did.

I love stories about characters who are triumphant. The Brits do it so well. There are so many, but here’s a few of my classics that possess universal themes and broad audience appeal because of how they portray the fragile, but resilient condition of the human experience; Waking Ned Divine, Saving Grace , The Full Monty, About a Boy and hundreds more.
Stories like these make me want to write better stories.

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3 comments on “Screenwriter’s Eye

  1. Teresa Steele
    October 20, 2011

    Sounds like fun watching. Your favorites are my favorites as well. I have watched Waking Ned Devine 3 times.

  2. Christine
    October 19, 2011

    "Faintheart". I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Stephen Hayes
    October 14, 2011

    I'm not familiar with "Faintheart," but because of your recommendation I intend to check it out. Thanks.

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