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Other key glbtq-themed films by noted writer/directors include The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995) by Maria Maggenti, the story of two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who fall in love; Richard Kwietniowski's Love and Death on Long Island (1997), adapted from the novel by Gilbert Adair, about an elderly British writer's infatuation with a young American film actor; Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), by Tommy O'Haver, about a young gay photographer who becomes infatuated with an aspiring musician of uncertain sexuality; Boys Don't Cry (1999), directed and co-written (with Andy Bienen) by Kimberly Peirce, about the life and brutal death of a cross-dressing young woman; Greg Berlanti's The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000), focusing on a group of friends in Los Angeles; Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), John Cameron Mitchell's adaptation of his off-Broadway success about a German-born male-to-female transsexual punk rock musician; Party Monster (2003), by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, a true-crime account of the murder of a drug dealer by a club party organizer that the filmmakers based on their 1998 documentary of the same name; and Monster (2003) by Patty Jenkins, a study of Aileen Wuornos, one of the first U.S. female serial killers.

Other Significant Screenwriters

Other significant screenwriters include Larry Kramer, Derek Jarman, Harvey Fierstein, Craig Lucas, Paul Rudnick, Kevin Williamson, and Alan Ball.

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Writer and AIDS-activist Larry Kramer crafted the screenplay for Women in Love (1969), based on the D. H. Lawrence novel. Although the film has an ostensibly heterosexual plot, a palpable is evident throughout the film, especially in the famous wrestling scene, which contains full-frontal male nudity.

British filmmaker and activist Derek Jarman, whose work reveals a fascination with gay history and gay representation, wrote many of his most acclaimed films, including Sebastiane (1975), Caravaggio (1986), Queer Edward II (1991), and Wittgenstein (1993). A painter and set designer as well as director and writer, Jarman's works are always visually interesting and politically provocative.

Harvey Fierstein, the playwright and actor, wrote the screen adaptation of his award-winning Broadway play Torch Song Trilogy (1988), which concerns a New York drag queen's search for love and respectability.

Fierstein also wrote the scripts for the made-for-television movie Tidy Endings (1988), about a man coming to terms with the death of his lover from AIDS; The Sissy Duckling (1999), an animated television cartoon about an effeminate duckling taunted by his schoolmates; and the segment "Amos and Andy," about a father's eventual acceptance of his son's marriage to another man, in the anthology film Common Ground (2000), which also contains segments written by the lesbian playwright Paula Vogel ("A Friend of Dorothy's") and the noted gay writer Terrence McNally ("M. Roberts").

Playwright Craig Lucas, who wrote the screenplay for Longtime Companions (1990), also wrote the screen adaptations of his plays Prelude to a Kiss (1992), a fantasy romance about a young woman who inexplicably exchanges personalities with an elderly man she kisses at her wedding reception, and Reckless (1995), a darkly comic tale about a woman on the run from her husband who has contracted to have her killed.

Lucas also wrote the script for The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002), an adaptation of Jane Smiley's novella The Age of Grief, about a dentist's mounting suspicions of his wife's infidelities, and has completed his first film as writer/director, the screen version of his play The Dying Gaul (2004), an examination of the relationship between a gay male writer, a bisexual film producer, and the producer's wife.

Playwright, humorist, and screenwriter Paul Rudnick's film scripts include such comedies as Sister Act (1992), under the pseudonym Joseph Howard; The Addams Family (uncredited, 1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), both based on the cartoons of Charles Addams; Jeffrey (1995), adapted from his own off-Broadway play; In & Out (1997), about a high school teacher inadvertently outed by one of his former students; Isn't She Great (2000), on the life and career of novelist Jacqueline Susann; Marci X (2003), set in the world of hip-hop and rap music; and The Stepford Wives (2004), a broad satire on suburban conformity based on the novel by Ira Levin.

Out-director Kevin Williamson has written the scripts for the popular teen horror movies Scream (1996) and Scream 2 (1997), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), The Faculty (1998), and both wrote and directed the comedy-thriller Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999). Williamson is also the creator of the popular television series of teenage angst Dawson's Creek (1998 to 2003).

Alan Ball got his start writing television situation comedies, but went on to garner praise and several prestigious awards for his screenplay of American Beauty (1999), a darkly comic study of suburban despair. He is also the creator of the critically acclaimed television series Six Feet Under (2001), which prominently features several gay and lesbian characters.

Craig Kaczorowski

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    Author: Kaczorowski, Craig  
    Entry Title: Screenwriters  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2002  
    Date Last Updated January 20, 2010  
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