ROMANCE Best Scene Reading of POLITICALLY BROKEN, by Lawrence Whitener

Genre: Romance, Drama

Up-and-comer political pretty-boy meets an ugly-duckling who helps him overcome his battle with mental illness until he proposes on her deathbed. Based on their true love story.

Narrator: Anthony Beotelho
Domino: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Carmella: Konstantina Mantelos
Stephan: Brian Carleton

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

This is a true story. The dialogue is pretty much verbatim. It is based on my own experience in politics where its superfast lifestyle of going to cocktail parties everynight to speak on behalf of your Senator while being picked-up by mulitiple women proved to be too much for a successful person when they always had a “voice” telling them to fail. Once I did, there was only one person who stood by me and pulled me out of my pit. I wrote this to honor her memory.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

This is a Political Drama Romance with some Action. It celebrates women and their role as a best friend.

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Few romance stories are based on reality which adds a deeper reaction to its sad ending.

How would you describe this script in two words?

True, love.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Star Wars, just like its Hero.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Two years.

How many stories have you written?

I have twelve Final Draft production-ready screenplays in all genres entered in twelve different script contests around the world with six more in Rough Draft.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

James Bond Theme.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Keeping my eyes dry to see the computer screen. It was very emotional for me to recall all our memories together.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I have been a SAG Actor for 18 years (listed on IMDb) appearing in over 100 Productions. Four years ago, I worked on David Baldacci’s “Wish You Well” and he inspired me to write, so I began studying under the number one screenwriting professor in the country.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

Your festival is THE only one specializing in Romance scripts, so it was the only one I entered this in.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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