06 “Friends” and Diversity… from In Conversation with Dr. Rosanne Welch and Intellect Books [Video]



One of the things Friends did well was they did that wonderful episode which was about economic diversity and not thinking about that. It was where they all wanted tickets to some fancy concert and the three of them had really good jobs and the three of them didn’t right and the three offered to buy their friends tickets and there was that real sense of I don’t need you to be above me. I don’t want to recognize that we have these economic differences and it was yeah it was a really timeless episode but it is shocking that the most ethnic person on the show was Joey you know. We’ve had Italians been here a long time. We don’t really qualify. Like I’m Sicilian but we don’t qualify as any kind of minority, underrepresented, voice. You know except that my relatives will complain about all the mafia movies because we’re more than that but at least we get movies right? At least people get Oscars for playing our characters. So yeah that’s the thing that’s interesting and different. It’s changed. It really is.

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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With Intellect Books Editor James Campbell (@IntellectBooks)

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.

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