Researching historical events, piecing together facts and filling in the blanks to make sense of past events and communicate them to a wider audience. Are we talking about the historian, the screenwriter…or both? The first article in our short series on screenwriter’s roles, takes a look at how the function of the ‘history film’ writer can be likened to that of a historian…

Transforming a true life tale into a screen story is problematic for many reasons, both practical and creative. So why attempt it at all? If you hadn’t already guessed, RSL is all about the true life adaptation, so, for the first issue, it seems apt to start at the beginning and explore why writers, filmmakers and audiences want to create, make and watch true life adaptations…