Genre: Romance, Drama
When a Polish immigrant secretly takes a second job as a telephone sex operator, she is forced to confront the complexities of love when her husband calls the service one night.
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Ursula: Julie C. Sheppard
Laura: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Aleksander: Dan Cristofori
Get to know the writer:
What is your screenplay about?
A woman, who secretly takes on a second job as a telephone sex-operator, is forced to confront the complexities of love when her husband unexpectedly calls the hot-line one night.
What genres does your screenplay fall under?
Dark Comedy; Romance
Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
This screenplay should be made into a movie because it touches a wide audience, specifically in its theme of loneliness.
How would you describe this script in two words?
Funny and sad.
What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
I typically don’t like to see movies more than once because it dilutes the impact for me.
How long have you been working on this screenplay?
It was first adapted from a short story of mine, The Pigeons, in 2012. The script is currently being made into a short film and will be circulating film festivals in 2018.
How many stories have you written?
My short story, Noticed, was adapted for film in 2015. I have written many short stories and two feature length scripts. I am currently working on my next project, set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, that focuses on the plight of the remarkable Dr. Mukwege who is helping mend rape victims who have been torn apart by the ongoing civil wars.
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
Leonard Cohen’s, A Thousand Kisses Deep.
What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
It was difficult adapting the script from my short story. The short story dealt with many other themes and not just love that needed to be cut. (The protagonists are Polish immigrants so issues of isolation and loneliness pertaining to immigration were central themes). I had to strip the story down to it’s core while still creating emotional depth in the characters.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Watching movies, especially European film.
You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?
It is a wonderful and easy site to use.
What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?
I entered this festival because it dealt solely with romance. Although my story is not a conventional love story – we are dealing with an elderly couple who have been married for decades and how they manage to rekindle their love – it is still deeply romantic at its core.
As a writer, I appreciate all feedback. I am very humble in my end product and I usually go back and implement a lot of the feedback I get. However, this was not possible here because this draft was already being used for filming in L.A.
Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Mary Cox