Having decided to shift my project from film to radio play , I have spent much of the last week shifting the script across formats. This has partly proved tricky because of the amount of visual jokes and direction that was in the original form. Also it was somewhat difficult to do as I have never written in the radio style before, however was assisted by the Celtx script writing software and this BBC guide. Having spoken to Clifton after reformatting, he seems satisfied that it was all correct.
We also discussed the idea that, as it is now on radio, it could possibly be set in the mid 20th century, post war Wales in order to play on the idea of the “evil Germans”. This also led to the suggestion that it would be beneficial to look to the Ealing Comedies of the 1940/50s. From my initial research, it does certainly seem that my script is in something of a similar vein to films such as The Ladykillers (Mackendrick, 1955) A Run For Your Money (Frend, 1949) or Passport to Pimlico (Cornelius, 1949) in the sense that they follow the path of a “careful logical development from a slightly absurd premise to a farcical conclusion” (perhaps made most famous by the works of T.E.B Clarke) as well having a very local, regionalised feel to them. Indeed, the main characters of A Run For Your Money quite similar to my main characters, in that they are very much born and bred from rural Wales.
I currently feel like the script is quite close to completion, perhaps only needing more ironing out to perfectly fit the radio play format and some slight rejigging for the possible new time period.