White, Maza
Bancroft, Andrew
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Master of Creative Writing
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Auckland University of Technology

This thesis consists of practice-led research in the form of a full-length script for a feature film called Ruptured; plus a 7500-word essay (exegesis). A summary of the script is as follows:

Ruptured is a drama set in Auckland during the 2022 Iranian revolution. It follows the lives of two young Iranian women, Mandana and Laleh, who come from different backgrounds. Mandana is a liberal café manager who is gay and dismissive of her cultural roots, while Laleh is a timid university student from a conservative family who is conflicted about her father’s support for the Islamic regime. The two women’s paths cross after a physical altercation at the café, and they develop an unlikely bond. As the revolution intensifies, they both confront their biases and prejudices towards each other and ultimately find solace and support in their unbreakable bond. The story touches on the theme of prejudice versus radical acceptance.

The 7500-word exegesis provides the framework for the script, covering three key topics: the central theme of the script, reflections on the creative process, and construction of the dramatic narrative.

The research contributes to the understanding of how film can be used to explore complex cultural and political themes, and offers a fresh perspective on the Iranian revolution. The script and exegesis aim to challenge stereotypes and prejudices by presenting nuanced and authentic characters that resonate with contemporary audiences. The research is practice-led and was developed through a process of interactive writing and feedback, while the exegesis draws on critical reflection, analyzing the creative process. The research approach emphasizes the importance of collaboration and experimentation resulting in meaningful and impactful art.

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