Episode #19 — Never Let Me Go (2010)

It would always be difficult to adapt Kazuo Ishiguro's phenomenal novel 'Never Let Me Go' for the screen, but Alex Garland was uniquely well set up for the challenge. In this episode of The 21st Rewrite, we digest the profound impact that the novel had on us as readers, give our thoughts on which parts of the screenplay worked brilliantly and which could have been improved, and start to explore the key themes of this exceptional coming-of-age story and dystopian romance.

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None of you will do anything, except live out the life that has already been set out for you
— Miss Lucy
 

Episode #11 — Particular Disposition (2018)

‘Particular Disposition’ is based on the last execution of two men for the crime of sodomy under English law in 1835. It was selected by the Austin Film Festival jury as the best stage play script of 2018. We were extremely fortunate to spend some time talking with the playwright, Benjamin Fulk, about his writing process and the importance of bringing this forgotten story back to the fore in the 21st century.

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I refuse to live a life in fear
— James Pratt

Episode #8 — The Lost City of Z (2016)

‘The Lost City of Z’ is a screenplay about the now little-known British explorer Percy Fawcett, who led a remarkable life, searching the Amazon rainforest for the ruins of the lost city at a time when most who ventured into the jungle never returned alive. But the screenplay covers so much more than that, and is primarily concerned with the monumental changes that occurred in the concepts of ‘culture’ and ‘civilization’ in the early years of the last century, as well as the impact a life like Fawcett’s can have on the family back home. We discuss the important themes that the screenplay addresses, and our personal experiences that shape our view of the story.

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So much of life is a mystery, my boy. We know so little of this world. But you and I have made a journey that other men cannot even imagine. And this has given understanding to our hearts.
— Percy Fawcett