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Writing the Screenplay for the History Film: A Case Study Featuring the Historical Figure, C. Y. O’Connor

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What is historical “truth” and what perspectives can creative writers bring to the debate on the vexing question, “is it okay to make it up”? In this chapter, I synthesise “conventional” realist and empirically verifiable theories of historical representation with the call for a more “expressionist” dramatic and performative history. I argue that the screenplay is a legitimate form of “doing history,” and I justify the distortion and fabrication of “facts” in my screenplay as a means of bringing to light an “emotional truth” in the reimagining of “the past.” The screenwriter’s aesthetic and ethical judgements are central to the process of scripting the “artwork history.”

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Meneghello, N. (2018). Writing the Screenplay for the History Film: A Case Study Featuring the Historical Figure, C. Y. O’Connor. In: Thornley, D. (eds) True Event Adaptation. Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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