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Lena Headey screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Lena Headey’s “Dumbass”
Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?
19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Lena Headey and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Lena Headey production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.
PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.
SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.
It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.
About Lena Headey’s “Dumbass” Movie
The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Lena Headey and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.
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However, for the purpose of learning subtext techniques, lets discuss the FLASHBACK. The hero is a perfectionist. He must have a perfect life in a normal world. Hes trying too hard. Something is a miss. A FLASHBACK might show a scene where the character is running with an axe in his hand. Mr. Perfectionists behavior just took on an underlying meaning. The audience may not know for sure what the underlying meaning is is the character an axe murderer? Did he work as a lumber jack? Is he carrying the axe for self-defense? Is he chasing someone? The underlying meaning behind his actions creates scene suspense and the audience will wait around for the underlying meaning to be revealed. That leads us to the next subtext technique:
Its rare that I recommend using FLASHBACKS, especially in Act II because they often are misused by a screenwriter, which results in the FLASHBACK stalling the storys forward momentum.
Lena Headey – Use Flashback
Have the character cut his neck while shaving. Let us watch the blood splatter the bathroom mirror and soak his white t-shirt. By providing a slightly gruesome moment, the writer has foreshadowed a murder to come by using the visuals to provide underlying meaning; subtext. The audience will know that razor will serve an ominous purpose and theyll stick around to see what happens.
Those are actually two great movies to use to compare setpieces, because one is so big and action-oriented (Raiders) and one is so small, confined, and psychological (Silence), yet both are stunning examples of visual storytelling.
Lena Headey – In fact, you can look at Raiders and Silence and see that every single sequence contains a wonderful setpiece (the Nepalese bar, the suspension bridge, the temple in Raiders ).
by: Lena Headey – Actress | Producer | Soundtrack, 300 (2006) | Game of Thrones (2011-2019) | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)