I was at SCMS too, doing a paper and it was on Unreliable Narrators and a great example of that — this happens to many female writers — but also Nunnally Johnson wrote the adaptation of The Grapes Of Wrath which was filmed by John Ford and my example of — one of my examples is that obituaries are unreliable narrators because eventuallyNunnally Johnson married the actress Doris Bowden who played Rosa Sharon in the film. When she died just about five or six years ago you know in her 90s, her obituary said that she had starred in John Ford’s The Grapes Of Wrath and afterward married that film’s screenwriter. So her husband’s name didn’t appear in her obituary but the director of the film she made 50 years ago — his name appeared in her obituary. So i have to laugh at that because even John Ford — then I found some lovely quotes where he talked about how Nunnally Johnson directed on the page. He said you know this is the camera angle and this is what we need close up and this is all going to track and all those things and Ford said you know people are going to credit me with that and Nunnally Johnson said I don’t care who they credit. I know who did it. So it’s kind of a pity that people don’t recognize these names of the movies they love.
One of the benefits of attending conferences is that you can meet the editors from the companies that have published some of your books face to face. That happened at the recent SCMS conference where I met Intellect editor James Campbell and he invited me to be a guest on his InstagramLive show.
We chatted about my work with the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting, and then my work with co-editor Rose Ferrell on the Journal of Screenwriting’s special issue on Women in Screenwriting (Volume 11, Number 3) that came out recently and which featured articles about an international set of female screenwriters from Syria, Argentina, China and Canada (to name a few).
We even had time to nerd out on our own favorite classic films across the eras which brought up fun memories of Angels with Dirty Faces, Back to the Future, Bonnie and Clyde, and of course, all things Star Wars from the original 3 to The Mandalorian. It’s always so fun to talk to fellow cinephiles.
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Speaking with Dr. Rosanne Welch, Author, teacher, and television screenwriter. Today we cover everything from women in screenwriting to our favorite Jimmy Cagney movies and Friends.