WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
This was the blurb we put out for Table Read of Nora Ephron's classic rom-com. And here are some pictures from the hilarious evening at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
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'You realise of course that we could never be friends.'
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY is one of the most famous feel-good relationship movies ever made and asks, 'Can men and women ever just be friends?' The 1989 American romcom, directed by Rob Reiner, won Nora Ephron a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and set the bar high for all romantic comedies that followed.
'You made a woman meow?'
Starring Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally, it was inspired by Ephron and her girlfriends' own experiences. Much of the dialogue was based on the real-life friendship between Reiner and Crystal, who also contributed to the screenplay.
'I'll have what she's having.'
Meg Ryan was not the first choice for the movie but won them over and it became her first lead in a commercial success, not least because of the most famous restaurant scene ever filmed, when she dramatically fakes a mind-blowing orgasm over lunch in Katz’s Deli, resulting in what has become known as one of the most memorable lines in a movie, delivered by Reiner’s mother, Estelle.
'There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.'
Initially released in only a few cities, the film let positive word of mouth generate interest, and distribution gradually expanded over subsequent weeks eventually grossing $92.8 million in North America alone.
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY features in the top 100 hundred films to see before you die.
An inspiration to all women screenwriters trying to blossom in the male-dominated Hollywood jungle, Nora Ephron's eventful life could almost be a screenplay, indeed, it was in HEARTBURN, the thinly-veiled fiction based on her divorce from Carl Bernstein, one of the two journalists who broke Watergate. The daughter of two eminent screenwriters, in addition to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, she's known for: SILKWOOD, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, YOU'VE GOT MAIL and JULIE AND JULIA, among others. Our favourite Nora quote is her six-word memoir: 'Secret to Life: Marry an Italian'.
At the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington
11th August 2014
Alex Woodhall Harry
Mary Cormack - Sally
Daniel Fine - Jess
Emily Byrt - Marie
Neil Ditte - Joe, Narr and all other men
Alex Roots - Amanda and all other women
The Euroscript TableRead of the screenplay Casablanca was extraordinary. We had no idea whether it would work, but within minutes our cast had snatched the characters from Humphrey Bogart et al and made them their own. The long, silent pause, then electric shock of noise at the end, as the audience erupted into applause, made us run for our library to select our next screenplay. Euroscript's Ian Long drew some of the action.
All About Eve was all about Stephanie Gerra (playing Bette Davies) and Dawn Sievewright (Eve). Afterwards, we were told by members of the audience they thought it was even better than Casablanca. The experience of hearing the words in one hit is intense because the emotions at the heart of All About Eve are so vast and ugly (what does it feel like to grow old and suspect you're being usurped by someone much younger and more attractive?).
Dawn was so brilliant in All About Eve we chose this specially for her (7.15pm, Monday 11th August). When Harry met Sally was written by the late Nora Ephron. Here's a piece about her from our Euroscript site:
'An inspiration to all women screenwriters trying to blossom in the male-dominated Hollywood jungle, Nora Ephron's eventful life could almost be a screenplay, indeed, it was in HEARTBURN, the thinly-veiled fiction based on her divorce from Carl Bernstein, one of the two journalists who broke Watergate. The daughter of two eminent screenwriters, in addition to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, she's known for: SILKWOOD, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, YOU'VE GOT MAIL and JULIE AND JULIA, among others. Our favourite Nora quote is her six-word memoir: 'Secret to Life: Marry an Italian'.'
Euroscript provides training for screenwriters. We run courses, a feedback service, regular, free, networking events and hold a Table Read of iconic scripts at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington four times a year. Check out our website here. This promo was my first attempt at using Adobe After Effects with more than a little help from Envato.
'Will I see you tonight?'
'I never make plans that far ahead'.
If you've got no plans on Monday 24th March at 7pm come along to the Old Red Lion in Islington for a Table Read of the greatest screenplay ever written. Just £5. Come dressed for the occasion and meet Euroscript board members in the bar after to discuss those corny lines of dialogue and that unbelievable plot. More here. Produced by Joanna Gardetta and Fenella Greenfield.