Lolita Fortuin, Feature Screenplay FINALIST
Lolita Fortuin, Feature Screenplay FINALIST by BITTER BEANS
BITTER BEANS by Lolita Fortuin
A feature length drama.
With nothing but her wits as a weapon, a young Maya woman
searches three continents for a fair deal and free her folks of the
iron grip of the local henchmen.
One dark evening a reporter in the news told us all that Fair-Trade companies do not buy
beans from the farmers anymore, because they cannot sell them. Stunned and ashamed
about people’s indifference about other people’s lives, I wrote a two-page story draft, put it
in a drawer until my students had got through their exams, dropped my job as a lecturer at
the Danish University of Education, started training as a writer and do research about
coffee trade and the Maya culture.
I learned to distinguish between professional and sloppier feedback, to gradually change
my academic writing into dramatic writing and use tips and criticisms to develop the script.
It was not easy to change life as a a celebrated lecturer into life as a novice writer. But the
years of teaching and researching had provided me with a good daily routine. That helped.
I write a couple of hours in the morning, take a good long walk after lunch and do more
practical things in the afternoon. My best ideas turn up unannounced just before falling
asleep or walking along. I always have a small notebook and a pen at hand.
So here I am. A long list of academic texts is now supplied with a growing list of laurels for
my BITTER BEANS.
My script A FATAL CURE also has received laurels. Two more scripts are in early development.