Fenella Greenfield is a founder member of Euroscript. She runs its annual Screen Story Competition, lectures and develops writers as a script editor.
As an indie filmmaker, she’s written/directed two narrative Shorts and one micro-budget, sci-fi feature, 2.0 Lucy.
She’s written jokes for Weekending and Newsjack (BBC Radio) and screenplays for Doctors (BBC1’s daytime drama).
She’s had radio plays broadcast on LBC and won an IRDP award for her radio play Cuffee’s Reward about the Antiguan slave uprising of 1736.
She freelances as a TV trailer maker for all the major UK broadcasters including NBC Universal, Virgin and Sky to produce conceptually-innovative 360 campaigns across all media. She has won gold Promax awards in both the UK and US for her work.
Her company also produces corporate videos for a wide range of international clients.
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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. 12 Years a Slave is, of course, astonishing as is his more recent TV work.
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 obligatory 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. That said, the opening sequence still makes my heart race.
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. If I were a horse I'd be in love.