FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards (FISA)

The 14th Annual
FilmMakers International
Screenwriting Awards (FISA)





Winners | Biography | Logline | Synopsis | Script Excerpt

Anything For Love


Shirley Warke

of Leeds, United Kingdom

Anything For Love


Shirley Warke

Shirley is a published romantic novelist turned screenwriter, she studied screenwriting at Leeds University and ScreenwritingU (online). Most of her screenplays have been finalists in screenplay competitions.



Leah, desperate to raise money for her granddad's operation, bungee jumps into her first date as a hooker, almost knocks her client out, then makes up to him by being amazing; but neither know his condoms have been pricked! Nine years on her son wants to meet his dad, and he wants to meet him now.


Interview Part 1.

I knew I wanted to be screenwriter because I was named after Shirley Temple and my mum was an usherette in the local cinema and I literally grew up there.

I know I've succeeded when when I see my name in the credits. Written by Shirley Warke.

My inspiration to write "Anything For Love" comes from watching Romantic Comedies and wanting to see a character that will do Anything For Love and Leah for me does just that. Plus it allows me to see some really quirky characters.

Interview Part 2.

FilmMakers Magazine: What inspired you to write?
Shirley Warke: Ive I've written since I could hold a pencil. Watching films was common place as my mum was usherette at the local cinema and we often watched from the back row (illegally oops).

FilmMakers Magazine: Is this your first script and how long did it take you to complete?
Shirley Warke: This is my fifth feature screenplay solely written. It took my longer because of illness around eighteen months once I had started it but it was a short time ruminating in the old brain.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you have a set routine, place and time management for writing?
Shirley Warke: I write mostly afternoons and evenings.

FilmMakers Magazine: Do you believe screenplay contests are important for aspiring screenwriters and why?
Shirley Warke: I think you can learn so much from competitions, especially those that offer category winners.

FilmMakers Magazine: What influenced you to enter the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards?
Shirley Warke: Firstly I noticed that the final fifty screenplays were read by the Radmin company, secondly contestant feedback and thirdly I love the look of their website it makes me feel like I'm really entering the Oscars!

FilmMakers Magazine: What script would you urge aspiring writers to read and why?
Shirley Warke: The Full Monty because it has many shades. Sadness, laughter, irony.

FilmMakers Magazine: Beside screenwriting what are you passionate about and why?
Shirley Warke: Family, animals and nature. Why? Because family is important to me, my partner and my animals are my life.

FilmMakers Magazine: Who is your favorite Screenwriter and Why?
Shirley Warke: Simon Beaufoy because he wrote The Full Monty and he never realized how much of a hit it was going to be. Oh for hindsight.

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the director you would love to work with and why?
Shirley Warke: Clare Kilner, why because I love the film The Wedding Date as my close friend Liz wrote the book and Claire made the vision I'd seen when reading each chapter of the book come to life, much as iI had imagined it

FilmMakers Magazine: Name the actor you would love to work with and why?
Shirley Warke:
Aiden Turner who plays Poldark on the BBC and Kill in The Hobbit. Why, simple really, I can see him as Dan in my screenplay Anything For Love.

FilmMakers Magazine: Any tips and things learned along the way to pass on to others?
Shirley Warke: Never stop believing or trying. Always be grateful.

FilmMakers Magazine: What's next for you?
Shirley Warke:
I am just finishing a Thriller novel and a screenplay co-penned and then maybe another comedy screenplay or an animation screenplay.

FilmMakers Magazine: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
Shirley Warke:
 Hopefully signing a few contracts. Lol.


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