Dramatising History

May 10, 2011

Script to Screen presents a Writer’s Room at this year’s Auckland Writers and Readers Festival:

4.00-5.00pm Saturday May 14, Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre, free entry

How do filmmakers bring our country’s rich history to life for the screen, creating both compelling drama and truthful re-presentations of history?

Award-winning writer/producer Paula Boock (The Insider’s Guide to Happiness, Until Proven Innocent), and actor/writer/director Fiona Samuel (Piece of My Heart, Outrageous Fortune) have both looked to our past for their latest drama projects – Boock, the Tangiwai disaster (Tangiwai) and Samuel, Katherine Mansfield’s early life (Bliss).

Documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley (Untouchable Girls, Haunting Douglas) talks to them about the process of turning true stories into drama for the screen.

4.00-5.00pm Saturday May 14, Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre, free entry
Photo: Kate Elliot as Katherine Mansfield in Bliss – The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield, written and directed by Fiona Samuel and produced by Michele Fantl for MF Films.