Thursday 12 July, 2012
Duration: Half Day
Application Procedure:To apply for a place, please visit the Screen Training Ireland website at www.screentrainingireland.ie and register your details. For any queries relating to your application contact Leona Cully on firstname.lastname@example.org
For further enquiries about the Masterclass, contact Bronagh Keys at the Galway Film Festival on 091 562200, or email email@example.com. Please note places are limited. Deadline for applications: Friday, 6th of July. Tutors are subject to availability.
Since meeting at University, Alexander and Karaszewski have become one of the most successful Hollywood screenwriting teams. Following the critical and commercial success of Ed Wood, a passion project they wrote in just six weeks (and which was so good it prompted Tim Burton to drop out of directing Mary Reilly at the last minute) they have become the ‘go-to guys’ for ‘strange scripts about weirdos’.
The studios trusted them enough to give them creative control of their projects and they subsequently produced a series of compelling and critically-lauded ‘anti-biopics – movies about somebody who doesn’t deserve one – subversive, upside-down tales of an iconoclast fighting the establishment.’ First up was The People vs. Larry Flynt, directed by Miloš Forman, an unlikely hit about the titular pornography publisher-turned free speech advocate. This was followed by their second collaboration with the veteran Czech director, 1999’s Man on the Moon, a biopic of legendary comedian, entertainer and sometimes-wrestler Andy Kaufman which Entertainment Weekly rated as the best movie of the year and for which Jim Carrey won a Golden Globe for best actor. Next up was Auto Focus, Paul Schrader’s dramatic portrayal of the descent of affable TV star Bob Crane’s descent into Hollywood’s murky underbelly starring Willem Dafoe and Greg Kinnear. Since then they have branched out into a variety of different genres including the Stephen King horror adaptation 1408 and hit children’s films Agent Cody Banks and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
The duo are set to return to their roots this year and are currently writing and directing another off-beat biopic, this time about celebrated painter Margaret Keane, in the Tim Burton-produced Big Eyes, starring Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon. They continue to produce engaging work that transcends the traditional boundary between studio-produced Hollywood films and the more personal stories of indie cinema.
The Masterclass will be facilitated by Mary Kate O’Flanagan.