The Handbook
The Handbook

We’ve grown so used to binge watching films and episode after episode of our favourite TV show that most of us don’t put much thought into how our favourite films and shows are created and where the beauty of each idea first began. These ideas all come to life in the screenplay.

If you’re a budding scriptwriter or just fancy experiencing your favourite shots in a new way, delve into these eight film and TV scripts and see where iconic scenes were first brought to life.

Fleabag

How much Fleabag is too much Fleabag? You’ve probably binged on the foul-mouthed show twice over, had the West End show on repeat and now you’re looking for your final way to satisfy your Phoebe Waller-Bridge needs.

Waller-Bridge, the woman who turned the one-woman hit play into television sensation, has since released a novel of the scriptures so you can enjoy the hilarious humour mixed with sad pathos and fall in love with Fleabag (and the hot priest) all over again.

The Godfather

A young Mario Guzo once said “Never let anyone know what you are thinking,” but we thought we’d spill the beans anyway and let you know you can see this iconic 70s classic film unfold in script form online.

Considering the film runtime is an epic three hours, you’ll certainly want to get a selection of snacks and tipples at the ready before the dive into this gigantic mafia escapade. Certainly not one for the fainthearted but we’ve all got a bit of extra time on our hands so why not…

Notting Hill

21 years later and we’re still falling in love with the charming, young William (played by Hugh Grant) and American sweetheart Anna (Julia Roberts) as their love blossoms. See your favourite love story come to life in a new way as you read page after page of screenplays. You’ll soon find yourself falling in love with William, the role that helped define Hugh Grant’s acting career.

Booksmart

If you’re looking for inspiration and wondering where you can find your footing in the movie world, a coming-of-age screenplay is always a safe bet.

Booksmart, written by Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman, Emily Halpern over a series of years, follows two young high school students who feel while they were busy religiously studying lost out on some of the best years of their lives and want to change their high school experience, by cramming four years of high school dramas and ‘first time’ moments into one night. It’s witty, funny and fast-paced.

Get Out

This one’s a little different in the fact that it’s the complete annotated screenplay of Get Out but that just makes it all the more fun to read. It’s here that you’ll be able to see inside director Jordan Peele’s mind as you read (and watch) your favourite Get Out scenes come to life. Just, er, hopefully without the jump scares…

10 Things I Hate About You

Helping to transport you back to your younger days riddled with high school dramas is 10 Things I Hate About You and its cheesy one liners. As you read through this screenplay see if you can string any of the loose Shakespeare references in the plot, as well as fall in love with the roles that helped to shape the late Heath Ledger’s career.

Thor: Ragnarok

Ever wondered how Marvel writes their big action scenes? Delve into the script of Thor: Ragnarok and see the mix of New Zealand humour and superhero theatrics interweave with one another. If you’re a hardcore Marvel fan, you’ll know that this film helped to shape the way we saw Thor as both a superhero and a character, so why not unravel the characteristics of this usually brutish, hardened hero and see a softer, funnier side to the loved superhero. 

The Wizard Of Oz

With this screenplay you’ll be venturing back to 1939 and into the minds of Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf, the creative trio famous for bringing Dorothy and yellow brick road to life.

The Wizard of Oz is a classic and it’s a film that helped shape many generations of childhood, but more than anything, it was a film way before its time in terms of cinematography and special effects. With this musical you’ll be able to see screenplays interweave the lyrics into the pages and tie them together with the plot too.