Writing the Screenplay for the History Film: A Case Study Featuring the Historical Figure, C.Y. O'Connor

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The essays in this book all - in various ways - address he relationship between adaptation, "true events," and cultural memory. They ask (and frequently answer) the question: how do we script stories about real events that are often still fresh in our memories and may involve living people? 'True Event Adaptation: Scripting Real Lives' contains essays from scholars committed to interrogating historical and current hard-hitting events, traumas, and truths through various media. Each essay goes beyond general discussion of adaptation and media to engage with the specifics of adapting true life events - addressing pertinent and controversial questions around scriptwriting, representation, ethics, memory, forms of history, and methodological interventions. Written for readers interested in how memory works on culture as well as screenwriting choices, the collection offers new perspectives on historical media and commercial media that is currently being produced, as well as on media created by the book's contributors themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrue Event Adaptation
Subtitle of host publicationScripting Real Lives
EditorsDavinia Thornley
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-97321-0
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Adaptation and Visual Culture
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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