Adaptations and Authenticity

I’ve been waiting until my latest article in Creative Screenwriting Magazine came out to post this.  I am so happy this was published now, just before the Oscars happen.

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Spotlight co-writer Josh Singer, to discuss the writing process and the making of the Oscar-nominated film.  He discussed with me his and co-writer/director, Tom McCarthy’s commitment to truth and authenticity, the power of the newsroom, and the challenge of condensing life stories into a 2-hour film.

From a news story that broke in Boston, to a major motion picture that was just nominated for six Academy Award nominations (best picture, best director, best screenplay, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best film editing), Spotlight is a very interesting film, because there is not one hero, but several working together to accomplish one goal. In brilliant fashion, writers Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer capture the themes of moral corruption in great institutions while revealing the power of the newsroom and crusading journalism.

To continue reading my article click HERE.




5 thoughts on “Adaptations and Authenticity

  1. That truly was an amazing film. When I saw the end, and how many places had documented priest abuse cases, I remember saying out loud, “What?!” I hadn’t realized it was so many.
    Congrats on the article, by the way. Very nice job.

    • Yes, it was amazing. I saw 3 times, and as a journalist and a screenwriter, I really appreciate both McCarthy and Singer’s commitment to keeping it authentic. Thanks so much!

      PS. I remember when that story with the Boston Globe broke. Being raised Catholic, myself, I was jolted, creeped out and quite saddened. What?!?! is the understatement!

      • You mean understatement.
        I wish I could say I had memories of when that story broke. I was really young, and if something didn’t really affect my life, I usually didn’t pay attention to it, more so than other kids. I don’t even really remember 9/11 that well. So it was good of me to see it through the lens of not just the people who remember it, but who made sure everyone knew about it.

      • OOPS! This is what happens at the end of the day after teaching. LOL My eyes are fried. Yes, I meant “understatement.” I fixed the error! Well, you are fortunate, because you are a reader. So, things you may have missed due to age, you can certainly gain understanding about through reading. 🙂

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