Stranger Than Fiction? Turning Factual Stories Into Great Stories

Room: D204/5

with Angeli Macfarlane

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True stories create the basis for many fictional films and filmmakers are pushing the form with inventive ways of telling those stories. The challenges of developing an idea from fact to fiction are complex and varied.

This session aims to tackle the issues that arise from the adaptation of factual stories: the key considerations that filmmakers must examine when building and developing a fictional story from fact, considering what type of story structure to use and how far you can go in fictionalising real peoples’ lives; the time continuum and how real time has to be adapted to movie structure, the story facts and how to select the right key events and which ones to leave out and how to choose a protagonist or point of view. The session will also offer a brief overview of life rights and concerns over defamation

Angeli Macfarlane brings relevant experience in working on true stories developed for fiction. She developed I Am Slave for Film4 – the true story of a domestic slave in Britain – as well as the award winning Death Of A President; she is currently developing a 2-hour drama for BBC Scotland about a maritime disaster during the 1st World War and a feature film about David Bowie and Iggy Pop’s friendship in Berlin with Creative England and MEDIA She has a number of other true story projects in development with production companies both in the UK and abroad. 

Appearing in this session

Angeli Macfarlane

Angeli Macfarlane – Script developer

Credits include: Death Of A President, Junkhearts

With years of script development under her belt, Angeli can help you identify where your script needs most work.
Angeli Macfarlane