Interview with Screenwriter Matthew Nicholson (SENIOR DITCH DAY)

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1. What is your screenplay about?

When Gwen Wiley hears handsome, local weatherman Hudson Blake announce a rare occurrence of the northern lights, she hatches an escape from her nursing home to spread her late husband’s ashes. Gwen goes to extraordinary lengths and through various hijinks to say goodbye to the love of her life on their anniversary. In the end, her senior (citizen) ditch day manages to bring Gwen even closer to her daughter who’s tired of her mother’s mischief.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

“Senior Ditch Day” started as a comedy. I mean, I certainly think Hudson marching through Harvey’s ashes is pretty funny, but I guess you could also classify that as horror. However, there are certainly heart-breaking moments like when Gwen spreads her husband’s ashes and looks up at the aurora borealis and says, “so, that’s what they mean by breathtaking” which is…

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