May 18, 2021

Thandie Newton screenplay subject of prison petition

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Thandie Newton screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Thandie Newton’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 Thandie Newton 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 Thandie Newton 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.

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About Thandie Newton’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, Thandie Newton 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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Understanding a screenplay is written from the audience’s POV is very important. Why? Because writing a screenplay from this POV gives the audience a ‘superior position’, which in turn makes them feel more connected and emotionally involved with the story and its characters. It also works well to create suspense, especially if the audience knows information the hero doesn’t know.

…the screenplay should be written from the Audience’s POV! How the audience is experiencing the story is how the script should be written. For example, the audience might see or hear something the hero isn’t privy to. Or the audience might be in on a secret and will wait around until the secret’s revealed. What’s being seen or heard by the audience is what should be on the page.

Thandie Newton – In my opinion, it’s none of the above! I’m sure some writers will disagree and argue that it should be the hero’s POV or even a multiple character POV. Wrong! I’m not saying this isn’t the hero’s story because it is, but….

For those who don’t know, POV stands for point of view. When writing a novel the writer decides between a singular point of view (first person) or multiple view points (second-third person) to tell the story. Once the writer chooses one viewpoint style, he has to stick with it. But what about screenplays? Is there a POV guideline? Whose POV is the story told through? Is there a POV in a film? Is it the hero’s POV? Is it the antagonist’s POV?

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Thandie Newton – Romancing the Stone

RTS is an especially good example; it’s funny, it’s high energy, and it’s perfectly cast with actors who know exactly what the audience is looking for and how to give it to them.

RTS is a romantic comedy/adventure. There’s not a lot of theme going on here; what this film promises is romance and a fun ride. As you watch it, notice how masterfully the movie delivers on the promises of the genre and premise: a major delight of the movie is in seeing the transformation of Joan, the meek little romance author, into a strong, confident, adventurous woman. There are moments and scenes of romance and chemistry all the way through, and action/suspense scenes plus comedy scenes in every sequence. If you’re writing cross-genre, like this romantic comedy/adventure, it’s really helpful to watch cross-genre films and note each comic, action, and romantic beat and exactly how often they come, because you should be hitting those beats just as often in yours.

by: Thandie Newton – Actress | Soundtrack | Producer, Crash (I) (2004) | Westworld (2016-2020) | Mission: Impossible II (2000)