21st August 2003




Tarantino, Scott, Coen, Wachowski, and now Postlethwaite. Well maybe. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the worlds most famous Hollywood screenwriters, Natalia Postlethwaite has headed across the pond to study screenwriting in the USA.


The Media Production graduate from the University of Lincoln found her calling while writing screenplays as part of her course and decided to take it further by enrolling at the New York Film Academy.


Natalia (22) signed up for the eight-week course, at a cost of 1500, when she discovered that her strengths lay in screenwriting.


I had written a number of short screenplays during my course and decided it was the route I wanted to take, said Natalia, but to be taken seriously in the film world you have to have good backing.


I chose to do the course at the academy because it is world-renowned. The tutors all have considerable experience and have actually worked in Hollywood.


Ive learned such a lot. Its really well worth the money and Id recommend it to any media student.


As part of her training Natalia, from Farndon Road, Newark, is currently writing a feature-length screenplay drama about domestic violence.


I wrote a similar short screenplay about domestic violence at university, which is going to be used by Lincolnshire Police as a training film, so I decided to use the research and information Id already gathered as the basis for the feature.


When Natalia returns home next month she is hoping to work as a writer for Carlton Television in Nottingham.


I worked as a production assistant and runner at Carlton TV during the summer but Im hoping that when I return I will be able to write for them, continued Natalia.


I plan to go back to America because its where I really want to work but Im not sure yet whether to stay in New York or go to LA. It really depends on the type of screenplay writing I decide to take up.

The New York Film Academy is a film school headquartered in New York City with locations throughout the world. Founded 12 years ago, it offers a variety of classes uniquely tailored for those who aim to become actors, filmmakers, directors, screenwriters and computer animators.


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