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Frankie goes to Hollywood: A comedy script

journal contribution
posted on 09.08.2018, 00:00 by Craig Batty
Adam is a television producer with an enviable track record. He has produced 10 factual shows, including the Logie-winning Australia’s Best Gardens. Frankie is a younger ‘rising star’ within the production company, climbing her way to executive producer in just a few years. Her impressive show Pensioners Win Prizes has kept the company and her job afloat – even if there are awkward looks and hushed allegations of rigging whenever it is mentioned. So when Adam and Frankie are thrown together to work on a new family-based factual entertainment show, all hell breaks loose. Frankie has, after all, just returned from Hollywood – with a fresh way of thinking about narrative structure and character conflict. Frankie Goes to Hollywood is a black comedy that, through exaggeration, parodies the way that factual entertainment shows are put together – or at least are critiqued as being put together. Drawing on scholarly research from film, television, media and cultural studies, the screenplay expresses ideas and concerns about the manipulation of subjects, presenters and experts into characters for the sake of gaining a bigger audience.

History

Volume

Special Issue

Issue

19

Start Page

1

End Page

35

Number of Pages

35

ISSN

1327-9556

Publisher

Australasian Association of Writing Progams

Additional Rights

Copyright of all work published in TEXT remains with the authors. For republication, contact the author direct and acknowledge TEXT.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs