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JUNE FLEMING - 10 Questions

10 Questions from the August 2014 Screenplay Best Scene Presenter.

1. What is your screenplay about?

My screenplay is a true Canadian story about an adventurous Irishman, Jim Dolan and his young wife Annie who live in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. Jim longs for adventure, so he takes his wife Annie, and Helen their new born baby girl, to Cobalt's silver rush at Canada's new frontier in 1908. This true story covers several historical events in Canadian history. The beginning of the 1906 silver rush to Cobalt, Ontario; the pandemic of 1918; the Haileybury fire of 1922; the depression of 1932, and the story of a family's courageous journey through these historical times. This true story tells of the many tragic events that this loving and devoted family suffered through these many years of hard times.

2. Why should your script be made into a film?

I believe this script should be made into a film, because it is about a very important time in Canadian history. I was able to write this screenplay because my mother was the eldest child in the family and she remembered a lot of hardships her family faced when she was nine years old. She had to be the strength of her family when her mother became very ill with the plague, and spent three months in the hospital. At the age of nine years old she had to take over the duties of her mother, and be responsible for the well being of her little sister and baby brother, while her father went to work to be able to pay her mother's hospital bill and take care of the family's needs.

3. How long have you been writing screenplays?

I have been working on my first screenplay "Memories' of Life's Dreams" for several years. I had a personal interest in making the characters come to life, because of the love of my mother who wanted her true story told. I cried while writing this true story because it was so close to my heart. I wanted to bring this true story to the screen, to honor my family by writing this true story. My children and grandchildren will know the bravery and courage of the ones that came before them.

I am presently working on another screenplay "Children of the Fire" and it too is a true story that is very meaningful to me. I had the need to tell this story. I was the only one that was able to write the screenplay, because it was personally told to me by a great story teller whom I loved very much and miss terribly.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Doctor Zhivago

5. What artists would you love to work with?

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as my grandparents and the child Helen, would be Emma Fuhrmann who was called Finnegan, her nick name was just Finn in the film " The Magic of Belle Isle"

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have written several short stories, and one screenplay and I am working on another screenplay.

7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

I would like to be writing the best screenplay of my life.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I write for many hours at a time, because my characters always take me over, telling me what to say, and I hate to leave them alone, and that's why I never feel lonely when I write. When my characters get tired of talking I have to stop, and give them a rest. When they start talking to me ounce again I need to get back to them, and hear what they have to say.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I have been reciting my short stories and poetry for over eleven years at the St. Charles Community Collage with my son Kim. I published my own poetry book, and a collection of short stories, and my son Kim's poetry and aphorisms. I am an artist that is in love with nature and wild life. I spend every day enjoying the wild flowers and wild life in Cuivre River State Park which is near my home. I wrote and published three sewing books, in which I designed easy sewing patterns for those who love to sew.

During my High school years I was passionate about playing in The Hyden concert Orchestra with my sister May, and through my high school years I played in the high school band and orchestra. I also spent many hours after school painting scenery for the high school plays which were directed by Col. Cassidy, my English and art teacher who wrote the book "Warpath." He was the first kind and dear mentor in my life. He asked me to do the makeup for the characters in the plays he wrote. Poetry has been a great part of my entire life. When my public school teachers sent the class to the library, I always came back with a poetry book.

10. What do you value the most?

I value the love of my family, and the creative power that God has given me, to bring beautiful things into the world, to share with others.

11. Any advice or tips you'd like to pass on to other writers?

It is a mystery to me how thoughts come into my mind. When a great story or poem comes to me, I have to write it down on the blank page before it slips away, and may be gone forever, so I rapidly write it down. When I write, it is like letting a soft breeze touch my soul. It dosen't matter what I write about; it has to come from my heart. Never give up your dreams. If you are passonate about writing you will find time to write, no matter what hour of the day or night, get the story down, don't leave it behind. You may be sorry you lost the thought. It may be like capturing the thought of a dream that soon vanishes at day break.