Moonlight and Magnolias

Moonlight and Magnolias

 

Moonlight and Magnolias
by Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Despina Sellar
 
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel. The screenplay, you see, just does not work. 
 
So, what's an all powerful movie mogul to do? 
 
While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screen writer Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labour over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one to the most successful and beloved films of all time. 
Reviews:

 

"This was a well-directed production with good use of space and great interaction between the three men. Director Despina Sellar and her cast deserve full praise for conveying the uncertainty of the film business and the wider world beyond the confines of Selznick's office. Frankly my dear, I loved it!
(Cheryl Barrett in Sardines magazine)
 
"A Hollywood dream-factory farce ..." (The Chicago Sun Times)
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