Airlie Clarke has been a Writer from the time she was small, creating poems and short stories to process her experiences of the world. She also always loved movies, the first of note being ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ When Dorothy arrived in Oz and the picture turned from black and white to colour, her little five-year-old jaw dropped to the ground!
After spending her teen years pursuing her then-dream of becoming an actress, Airlie earned a B.A. in drama from Queen’s University before moving to England for five years. To further satisfy her itchy feet, she then lived briefly in Los Angeles while studying for a diploma in Filmmaking from New York Film Academy, where she wrote, directed and edited several shorts. Currently Toronto-based, Airlie spends her time penning screenplays and crossing her fingers!
FRED & URSULA is about appreciating the good things in life, and not taking your loved ones for granted.
2. Why did you decide to write this screenplay/What influenced you to enter the WILDsound One Page Screenplay Contest?
As a novice writer I was trolling the Globe & Mail for story ideas and came across the 'Social Studies' section that chronicles a slew of miscellaneous info. I saw a piece about Teddy Bear Holidays and had to cut it out!
3. How long have you been writing screenplays?
Nearly two years.
4. What is your all-time favorite MOVIE? (name only one)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
5. What artist in the film industry would you love to work with?
I yearn to pick Charlie Kaufman's brain. And I would love to collaborate with Julie Taymor and Peter Jackson.
6. How many screenplays have you written?
Just finishing my second feature-length screenplay, and several shorts for film school plus this one.
7. Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Writing and possibly directing creative, exciting, high-quality Canadian film and television.
8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
I write best in the mornings and the weekends. I like to give myself several hours without any other obligations so that when (if!) things start to flow, I can get lost in the story.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Animals, human equality, cheesecake.
10. Why should people vote for your screenplay?
Because how funny will it be to see a Teddy Bear drinking rum?
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Just do it. Practice and be patient with yourself.