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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.

Claire Hutchinson, M.A., script category winner, and organizer, Paul H. Boge, in the winner's circle at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival

This is the second win for “The Doctor.” In 2011, it won the grand prize in the script category at the Life Fest Film Festival held in Los Angeles.

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.”

You can contact Claire at or at 204-292-4095, or through her agent Terry Porter at or at 310-228-7935.

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, (204-471-0872). For more information, please visit their website at

Dan Wooding, 71, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 48 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. He hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK and also in Belize and South Africa. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries and also provides a regular commentary for Worship Life Radio on KWVE. You can follow Dan Wooding on Facebook under his name there or at ASSIST News Service. Dan has recently received two top media awards -- the "Passion for the Persecuted" award from Open Doors US, and one of the top "Newsmakers of 2011" from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 44 books, one of which is his autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth”, which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, press this link. Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, has also recently released his first novel “Red Dagger” which is available this link.

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