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Writers on Writing - Anna Hamilton Phelan
The Writers Guild Foundation presents an interview with Anna Hamilton Phelan about her work and career. She began with the screenplay for Mask, an original feature for Universal based on the life of Rocky Dennis and his mother, Rusty, which starred Cher and Eric Stoltz, and for which she received a Writers Guild nomination for best original screenplay and the Scott Newman Award for realistic depiction of drug abuse in a motion picture.
Her next screenplay, Gorillas in the Mist, was based on the life and work of Dian Fossey with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Africa, which starred Sigourney Weaver and garnered her Writers Guild and Academy nominations for best screenplay adaptation.
She shared writing credit on In Love and War, which was based on the love story between Ernest Hemingway (Chris O'Donnell) and an American nurse (Sandra Bullock) during World War I in Italy.
For HBO Phelan wrote and produced Into the Homeland, an original film about a father's (Powers Boothe) search for his daughter that takes him into the world of a white supremacist enclave in Idaho. She also co-wrote Girl, Interrupted, starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, which was based on a true story of girls in a mental institution in the 1960s. She wrote the script for Amelia, sharing writing credit with Ron Bass.