EGOS ARE GONE WITH THE WIND

Wanneroo Times - - Training & Education -

DAR­ING, des­per­ate and funny, Lime­light The­atre’s Moon­light and Mag­no­lias is a Wan­neroo stage pro­duc­tion that gives a be­hind-thescenes look at some of the prob­lems en­coun­tered dur­ing the film­ing of Gone With The Wind.

Writ­ten by Emmy Award­win­ning screen­writer Ron Hutchin­son and di­rected by Kings­ley res­i­dent Car­ryn McLean, the play is loosely based on the fact that in 1939, Gone With The Wind pro­ducer David O. Selznick shut down pro­duc­tion af­ter three weeks of film­ing be­cause he was un­happy with the screen­play.

With his rep­u­ta­tion and bank balance on the line, Selznick en­lists his friend Ben Hecht as a some­what re­luc­tant script doctor and pos­si­bly the only per­son in the US not to have read the novel.

New di­rec­tor Vic­tor Flem­ing (played by Joon­dalup res­i­dent Andrew Govey) is poached from the set of The Wizard of Oz and the three are locked in Selznick’s of­fice with noth­ing to eat but a

stock­pile of ba­nanas and peanuts to sus­tain them.

What fol­lows is a hi­lar­i­ous clash of egos as they try to com­plete the script in five days with Flem­ing and Selznick telling the story and act­ing out the roles and Hecht typ­ing up the screen­play.

“Moon­light and Mag­no­lias ap­pealed be­cause it’s about the re-writ­ing of one of the best known movies of all time,” Govey said.

McLean added that once she read the script, she was hooked.

“The hu­mour and is­sues of the day, such as anti-Semitism and treat­ment of African-Amer­i­cans in US his­tory, in­ter­ested me,” she said.

Andrew Govey, Chris Juckes, Tim Fraser and Chris­tine Smith are ap­pear­ing in Moon­light and Mag­no­lias.

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