Scriptwriter of the Month: ROLANDA REBREK

 

Rolanda Rebrek is Slovenian scriptwriter and translator who is dividing her time between her hometown of Ljubljana and Berlin.

She just finished the latest draft of her script OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY and is hoping to go into the production of her short THE ROCKET.

To find out a bit more about Rolanda check out her MTSW profile here and until then, you can read her answers to our 8 favourite questions.

 

 

  • What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?

They serve a practical purpose more than anything, representing some of my taste in films and what interests me at the moment. In my revolt against being pigeonholed I picked them out in a rush, completely forgetting about many others that are actually my favourites, but I do love these five for various reasons, so here we go.

LA GRANDE BELLEZZA has so many perfectly composed scenes that I could probably watch a few hours more and still not get enough – which has much to do with my own love of Rome.

STALKER: the atmosphere created in the film perfectly captures my sense of facing the unknown, and it has that wonderful dream sequence.

DON’T LOOK NOW: this type of narration is very close to what I strive to achieve in my scripts.

GET CARTER: I love the no-bullshit approach, and this one has Michael Caine and that great music theme.

LIFE OF BRIAN: Monty Python should go down in history as the greatest comedy team of all time.

 

  • Why did you decide to go into film?

I never wanted to go into film, but ten years ago I found myself co-writing and was compelled into co-producing a feature film, which was pure torment for me as much as it was pure joy to collaborate with my partner, Blaž, who is a film director and the main culprit for my still fairly reluctant involvement in film.

 

  • Commercial films or art house?

Good films.

 

  • How and when did you begin writing?

I began writing with Blaž and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to continue and see if I can create something worthwhile by myself. So, when I got a development grant for my first attempt, I took that as a sign. I believe I will write scripts as long as I find it challenging enough and keep learning, but I may eventually branch out into something that will give me complete creative control over my work.

 

  • Where do you like to write the most?

In various cafes around where I live and sometimes in places that give an impression of nature.

 

  • What kind of music do you listen while writing?

I don’t, it influences my feelings too much while I am trying to imagine a certain atmosphere.

 

  • Where do ideas come from?

Mostly from how I see the world. I usually begin with one or two main protagonists who embody aspects of my inner nature, and they lead me through their experiences.

 

  • If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

Dr. Who’s Tardis – that should cover everything.