Haywards Heath screenwriter’s doomsday scenario is part of huge feature film The Impact

Steve Wrench wrote the Artocalypse Now screenplay for The Impact, which premieres in London on May 31 and sets a new world record for the most screenwriters on a feature film.

Steve, a former graphic designer for the Mid Sussex Times and West Sussex County Times, entered the competition to find 50 two-page scripts about an apocalyptic meteor strike.

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The goal was to create a tapestry of stories about how humanity would deal with this event.

Haywards Heath’s Steve Wrench is one of the screenwriters involved in the feature film The Impact

Steve said: “I immediately connected to the competition by imagining scenarios, whether dramatic, comedic, moving or action-packed, and relished the challenge of figuring out how I could approach them.”

The competition, which was launched before the Covid pandemic, has received almost 3,000 entries and Steve is delighted that he has qualified for the last 50.

He will now share a credit with the highest-paid screenwriter of all time, Joe Ezsterhas.

Steve said the film was “always going to be relevant”.

Haywards Heath’s Steve Wrench is one of the screenwriters involved in the feature film The Impact

He said: “Considering how we respond to divisive issues like climate change, pandemics or the latest humanitarian crisis resulting from another senseless act of aggression – each with their own political and business agendas at work – in In the end, we may not need an asteroid to show us, as individuals, what’s most important.”

Since the start of the Impact50 competition, scripts have been produced by a range of filmmakers from around the world. A portion of each is included in The Impact, with 37 of the best films shown in their entirety.

On May 31, screenwriters and directors will come together to celebrate the film breaking two world records: the most screenwriters on a feature film and the most directors.

Steve said: “It’s surreal to see how an ongoing collaborative creative process, first done nearly seven years ago, is finally coming to an end. It was a surprise to make it to the finals, and let alone becoming one of the winners. But then to have my short film chosen by a film-maker to shoot seemed even more surreal.”

The Impact premieres at Genesis Cinema with simultaneous screenings in America, Australia, Switzerland and other countries.

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