Issue 1: What’s New? (25 May)

Every issue, RSL rounds-up relevant goings-on in the world of the true life adaptation, such as films in the works, new cinema/DVD/online releases to look out for, and relevant events/training. We start with a sneak peak at a much-anticipated biopic…

One to watch!

Check out the first official look at Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the late CEO of Apple inc. Written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, the film is due out in the US on 9 October and in the UK on 13 November.

While the content of the script is being kept under wraps for now, you can check out some interesting comments on the focus of the story from Sorkin himself here, courtesy of The Daily Beast.


Cannes Film Festival

It’s that time of the year when all eyes in the movie world turn to the South of France. Real life adaptations on show at the Cannes Film Festival included A Tale of Love and Darkness, which was written and directed by Natalie Portman. The story, which is set during the early years of the State of Israel, is based on the memoir of writer, Amos Oz. Guest of honor of Cannes Classics 2015 was director, Costa-Gavras, who was a previous Palme d’or winner with his true life tale, Missing (1981). Check out all the Cannes winners and films on show here.

Other news

Upcoming release: Johnny Depp stars as Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in upcoming crime biopic, Black Mass. It’s due out in the US on 18 September and in the UK on 13 November. Take a look at the trailer:


In the works: Currently filming in the UK, Florence Foster Jenkins stars Meryl Streep as a New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer…despite not being able to sing! It is directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Nicholas Martin. No word on a release date, as yet, but you can check out a first image here.

DVDs/online streaming…

Keep an eye open for the following recent or forthcoming releases for rental/purchase:

American Sniper: Bradley Cooper stars in and Clint Eastwood directs this controversial story set during Iraq conflict, telling of the ‘most lethal sniper in US history’. Check out our analysis here.

Testament of Youth: First World War-era drama based on a memoir by Oxford graduate and volunteer nurse, Vera Brittain.

The Eichmann Show: BBC production telling the true story of TV producer Milton Fruchtman and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz, who set out to capture the testimony of notorious Nazi, Adolf Eichmann.

The Imitation Game: The story of Alan Turing, the British mathematician responsible for cracking the German Enigma code during World War II. Writer Graham Moore picked up the 2014 adapted screenplay Oscar.

The Killing Of John Lennon: Psychological drama which looks at the motivations of John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman. Based on real interviews and dialogue.

The Theory Of Everything: Oscar-winning film telling of the relationship between physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife.

Unbroken: Angelina Jolie directs this epic true life tale of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

In cinemas…

Woman in Gold (UK/US release: 10 April 2015)
If you’re quick, you might still catch this one. It’s based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee who fought the Austrian government for almost a decade to reclaim a painting of her aunt that was confiscated by the Nazis before World War II.

The Connection (limited release)
Currently on limited release and doing the rounds on the US film festival circuit, this 1970s-set story is inspired by real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel and his crusade to take down the French Connection, the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history. One to watch out for on DVD.

Events and training…

How to Write Based on a True Story (online), Screenwriters’ University, 21 May-2 July 2015 & 2 July-13 August 2015 (details here)

Robert Mckee Story Seminars, various US & Europe dates, next one is Amsterdam on 28-31 May 2015 (details here)

The Great American Scriptfest & Pitchfest, Burbank, 29-31 May 2015 (details here)

Writer’s Foundation Certificate, Raindance (London), 3 June 2015 (details here)

John Truby: The Anatomy of Story Masterclass, various US & UK dates, next one is LA on 5-7 June 2015 (details here)

Breaking Into Script Reading, London Met Film School, 13/14 June 2015 (details here)

London Screenwriters’ Festival, Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media, 23-25 October 2015 (details here)

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You can also find us on Twitter (@reelscreenlife) where we’ll be posting between-issue updates of relevant news and other goings-on.

(Image: “A stack of newspapers” by Daniel R. Blume)