Rebecca Davies runs the Euroscript Screenwriting Competition for Euroscript. She has spent the past ten years working as a film journalist and film festival programmer for The Telegraph, Sight & Sound, Film4 and the East End Film Festival among others. She also writes about children’s books for The Independent and is currently working on a book about writing for children, along with a couple of short film scripts.
Who is your favourite director?
Probably David Lynch – Mulholland Drive is one my all-time favourite films. I’m also very excited to see more of Clio Barnard’s work. The Selfish Giant left me absolutely speechless. But for shameless check-your-brain-in-at-the-door spectacle, I can’t resist a bit of Roland Emmerich. That man really knows how to blow stuff up.
What’s the most memorable line of dialogue?
For some reason the first line that springs to mind is Rick Moranis’s throwaway ‘I’m gonna have a shower’ in Ghostbusters, which my mum recorded off the TV for me and I watched until the tape wore out. He says it following an awkward conversation with Sigourney Weaver and for some reason I just thought it was the most hilarious thing I’d ever heard – I guess because even at the tender age of six I could sympathise with those cringe-making moments when you say something stupid and then instantly wish the ground would swallow you up. It’s just the perfect summation of his character’s innate patheticness.
What is the first film you ever remember seeing?
I think it was either E.T. or Bambi, probably with my granddad and definitely in Bolton. Either way, I remember sobbing my heart out.
Who would you like to be seduced by?
Call me shallow, but I wouldn’t say no to Alexander Skarsgard, of True Blood fame. I’ve also always had a thing for Farley Granger in Strangers on a Train, though I suspect I wouldn’t have been his type…
Who’s your favourite cartoon character?
Mr. Fredricksen in Up. If you ask me, we need more old, grumpy people in films.