Episode #3 — Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ makes for a fascinating case study of a writer working with the spirit of a rich novel and adapting it into a screenplay that tells a much-changed but still familiar story - which made it a perfect candidate for The 21st Rewrite (William Coldwell and Alan Vazquez) to analyse this week. We consider the original source material (‘Q&A’ by Vikas Swarup) and compare it to Simon Beaufoy's script and the final version of the story as presented in Danny Boyle's film. It is ultimately a tale of triumph, set against the background of modernising India, starring Dev Patel as Jamal Malik, the boy who dares to dream that he can win the love of his childhood sweetheart against all odds.

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Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? (A) He cheated (B) He’s lucky (C) He’s a genius (D) It is written.
— Title Card
 

Episode #1 — Steve Jobs (2015)

In our inaugural episode, we take a look at Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for ‘Steve Jobs’ (2015), directed by Danny Boyle. This film seemed to fly under the radar, perhaps due to the fact that it was based on the same person’s life as the less warmly received ‘Jobs’ (2013), but it was incredibly well-written and featured some great performances from Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. We consider the how the screenplay draws on the source material - Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs’ life - and the interesting techniques Sorkin used to bring that material to life on screen and his usage of the dramatic form.

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It’s not binary. You can be gifted and decent at the same time.
— Steve Wozniak