As a trustee of the Screenwriters' Workshop, Fenella Greenfield was a founder member of Euroscript, helping to launch it as a Media-funded European initiative. She has written broadcast scripts for radio and television. She’s a freelance promo producer and has won awards both here and in the States for her work. As a writer and development producer, through her company Shopfloor Films Limited, she develops films and TV programmes. As an active member of BAFTA she is a member of the Screenplay Chapter of the awards. Find out about her latest short film PILL here. Check out her website here and her YouTube channel here.
Q: Who is your favourite director?
A: Steve McQueen because, although I found 'Shame' excruciating to sit through, it's a masterclass in its depiction of a character whose darkest antagonist is himself. 'The Master' starring Joaquin Phoenix and 'Sherrybaby' with Maggie Gyllenhaal are similar films and I love them both almost as much.
Q: What’s the most memorable line of dialogue?
A: When I watch films, or read scripts, with interminable backstory speeches, using on-the-nose dialogue to describe childhoods scarred by the requisite violent father and bi-polar step-mother, I cheer myself up by reminding myself of the gold standard in backstory exposition from 'Escape From Alcatraz' . . .
Charley Butts: What kind of childhood did you have?
Frank Morris: Short.
Q: What is the first film you ever remembering seeing?
A: I was with my dad and little brother. We queued round the block for the Saturday matinee of the original Batman and were thrilled by its cutting-edge special effects enhanced by curls of thick cigarette smoke wafting from the chain-smoking audience. When I saw it again recently I was shocked to discover the shark is clearly plastic and the batcopter is actually a helicopter covered with batman stickers glued on all crooked. Having said that, shit that’s a brilliantly-written opener.
Q: Who’d you like to be seduced by?
A: Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix
Q: Who’s your favourite cartoon character?
A: Maximus, the horse in Tangled. Check him out on this YouTube clip.