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The Tonto Woman Screenwriter Joe Shrapnel Hopes for Oscar Joy

Bury Free Press
February 15, 2008

His grandmother was a Hollywood star, nominated six times for an Oscar without ever winning one.

Now, Joe Shrapnel is hoping to break with the family tradition next Sunday and achieve Oscar success as a screenwriter.

The 31-year-old grandson of screen legend Deborah Kerr wrote the screenplay for short film The Tonto Woman, the directorial debut of Daniel Barber.

Joe’s brother Lex also acts in the film.

Joe and Daniel share more than just involvement in the film - they both come from Wattisfield.

Joe said: “The screenplay is adapted from a short story by Elmore Leonard - he has always been a favourite writer of mine.

“I never met Daniel before, but he had the rights to the story and he liked my work.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for a British writer to get to write an American genre like the Western.”

It took several years for Joe, a former pupil of Thurston Community College, to complete the screenplay.

But the film has already scooped prizes and plaudits at the Palm Springs Film Festival and the LA Short Film Festival.

“I put the Oscars out of my mind and just got on with my work.

“It was a complete surprise, very exciting and a huge honour to be recognised at this level,” said Joe.

The Oscar ceremony was in jeopardy because of the writers’ strike in America. London-based Joe said he supported the strike but was glad it had been resolved.

This year’s Oscars will have a special poignancy for Joe and his family. His grandmother, who starred in The King and I and From Here to Eternity, died in October.

“They normally honour the stars that have passed away over the year so I anticipate there will be a tribute reel to her,” said Joe.

“She was nominated for an Oscar six times but never won but they gave her an honorary Oscar for her lifetime achievements.”

Lex,h is other brother Tom, a director, his father John, who is currently starring in ITV’s The Palace, and mother Francesca, will be watching the awards with interest.

In the meantime, Joe is off to the Oscars with his screenwriter girlfriend Anna Woodhouse. The couple are currently working together on a political thriller set in the 60s.



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