Gabriella Apicella is a freelance writer who has been commissioned to work on feature and short films, experimental theatre pieces and even an art installation. As Co-Founder of the UnderWire Festival which aims to promote the raw talent of women in the film industry, Gabriella is passionate about promoting equality on and off screen. Gabriella teaches Screenwriting and Creative Writing at organisations including Birkbeck College, Kingston University and Eaves for Women. She produced her first short film in 2013, "Honest Lies" and has become the world's first Female Character Consultant on independent feature production, "I Am the Prize". She also writes blogs for The Huffington Post, and reviews for both Pure Movies and Bitch Flicks.
For Euroscript, Gabriella teaches Writing Female Characters, Introducing Screenwriting, Genre workshops - Romantic Comedy, Coming of Age and Biopics. She also coordinates the Development Workshops.
Q: What’s your most scariest moment in film?
A: As an eight year old child, watching 'The Terminator' without permission, I was terrified: when the cyborg survives the truck explosion, I desperately asked of my big brother, “Why won’t it die?!” Between that and the final shot of Anthony Perkins in 'Psycho', I’ve been an insomniac for almost half of my life . . . 'The Orphanage' hasn’t helped.
Q: What do you think is the most successful adaptation?
A: The recent 'Wuthering Heights' by Andrea Arnold was incredible! Each of the actors conveyed complex emotions with a visceral energy and the raw passion of the book was articulated through profoundly moving visuals. By seamlessly blending the original text with updated dialogue the story was restored to the shocking controversy it provoked over 150 years ago.
Q: Who’s the best screen drunk in your opinion?
A: Gene Wilder in 'Blazing Saddles' without a doubt! If you are wondering why, then I can only assume you have yet to see the film.
Q: What’s the most memorable line of dialogue?
A: The nightmare of every single person from 'When Harry Met Sally'...
Marie: “All I'm saying is that somewhere out there is the man you are supposed to marry. And if you don't get him first, somebody else will, and you'll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that somebody else is married to your husband.”
So often it’s the context that makes the line...
Wiesler: “It’s for me.”
in 'The Lives of Others' is one of the most moving moments in cinema that I can think of.
Q: Who’d you like to be seduced by?
A: Given he’s now gone stratospheric, Johnny Depp might not be the most original choice, but when I first saw him on the big screen in John Waters’ 'Cry Baby' teaching Amy Locane how to kiss before busting out some Elvis style moves, my pre-pubescent hormones sped up a few gears! Add a dose of his role as the delusional 'Don Juan De Marco' alongside Marlon Brando (even as old and overweight as he became, still gorgeous to me!) and it suddenly makes sense that other guys don’t quite cut it.