Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - English

Faculty Sponsor Name

Anna Weinstein

Disciplines

Screenwriting

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The Favourite (2018), written by Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, transcends the traditional tropes associated with genre period pictures in its unique telling of the tale of two cousins vying to be in Queen Anne's favour during her monarchy. In this presentation I study the unique story structure of this film, which centers on three equally weighted characters. In contrast to the traditional single protagonist story structure, this film shifts the point of view making each lead character either the protagonist or antagonist depending on whose perspective you watch it from. The story is written somewhat like a multi protagonist novel that allows us to understand each character’s views on love, power, loyalty, and how these differing views contrast with the other lead characters and pushes the story forward.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

Included in

Screenwriting Commons

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Whose Protagonist Is It Anyway?

The Favourite (2018), written by Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, transcends the traditional tropes associated with genre period pictures in its unique telling of the tale of two cousins vying to be in Queen Anne's favour during her monarchy. In this presentation I study the unique story structure of this film, which centers on three equally weighted characters. In contrast to the traditional single protagonist story structure, this film shifts the point of view making each lead character either the protagonist or antagonist depending on whose perspective you watch it from. The story is written somewhat like a multi protagonist novel that allows us to understand each character’s views on love, power, loyalty, and how these differing views contrast with the other lead characters and pushes the story forward.

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