Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Nazi Period Script on Euthanasia, ‘The Doctor’, by Claire Hutchinson, M.A., wins the script category at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA (ANS) -- At the second annual Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival held on Oscar night, February 26, 2012, screenwriter Claire Hutchinson, M.A., won first place in the script category with her Nazi period drama, “The Doctor”, about the euthanasia campaign in Hitler’s Germany.
The logline is: In Depression-era and Nazi Germany, a Hitler Youth, bent on achieving success in the face of his father’s suicide, becomes a high-ranking psychiatrist in Hitler's euthanasia program. But when Hitler's plan extends to the doctor's own mental patients, the doctor must finally choose between his moral conscience and his loyalty to Hitler and the values of Nazi Germany.
When accepting the award that evening, Hutchinson felt compelled to tell the audience that “whether you’re sick or you’re well, every human life is valuable, and this is what this film is trying to portray. This is what Hitler denied.”
“The problem now is that some states have legalized euthanasia and others are debating the issue of legalization. We have to remind them of what happened when euthanasia was legalized in the Nazi era, so they don’t repeat the errors of history,” added Hutchinson.
What is the current status of the script? “This script has been read by high-level people in the film industry, such as director Ridley Scott,” she said. “We have distribution and a completion bond, but we still require funding. Hopefully two festival wins for this script will convince a producer or an investor to get on board.”
Note: The Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival presents cool, clean and compelling films from around the world. The Festival recently wrapped up its second year with feature films, documentaries, short films and screenplays. Honors went to directors and screenwriters from New York, Berlin, Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg and other locations. To submit, you may contact Festival coordinator Paul H. Boge, paul@WinnipegFilmFestival.com (204-471-0872). For more information, please visit their website at http://www.winnipegfilmfestival.com.
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