Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (97 Minutes)

Director: Gil Junger

Writers: Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith

Starring: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways."

Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) is pretty and popular, but her strict family won't allow her to date until her older sister does: the problem is that sister Kat (Julia Stiles) is an outsider who tries to alienate any guy who might be interested in her. So Bianca's would-be boyfriend bribes fellow outsider Patrick (Heath Ledger) to ask out Kat, thinking that this sullen young man with a mysterious past might tempt Kat to rise to the challenge.

This UCSB Script to Screen presentation of the film will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriters Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith.

The UCSB Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors.

UCSB Script to Screen is sponsored by the department of Film and Media Studies, The Carsey-Wolf Center, and The Scott Frank Fund for Screenwriting. It is hosted and executive-produced by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.

10 Things I Hate About You Trailer

10 Things I Hate About You - Heath Ledger at Work


Karen McCullah & Kirsten Smith

Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith wrote their first feature film together in 1999: 10 Things I Hate About You. They went on to become writing partners for a number of screenplays, including Legally Blonde (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), She's the Man (2006), The House Bunny (2008), and The Ugly Truth (2009). They are currently working on an all-female version of The Expendables, titled The Expendabelles.

Karen McCullah is also a novelist. Her book The Bachelorette Party (2006) will be adapted into a film in the near future. As a high school student, she maintained in her diary "10 Things I Hate About Anthony," her boyfriend at the time, which ultimately led to the title of the film, 10 Things I Hate About You.

Kirsten Smith has produced films including Whip It (2009), American Virgin (2009), and the upcoming Entanglement. Her first novel was 2006’s The Geography of Girlhood, a novel in verse, which fulfilled her lifelong dream of having a book of poetry published. Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah and Rush Hour: Reckless (2006).

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan started his academic career at NYU to run the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from a screening and Q&A with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

Now, he is director of the amazing Pollock Theater.  He pioneered the Pollock Theater Internship, which is a selective program offering industry-level experience to students interested in event planning and live TV production. The TV shows produced through this program have generated more than 10.6 million views on UCTV. Many of these episodes come from events in his own series, UCSB Script to Screen, including 12 Years a Slave with Oscar®-winner John Ridley and American Beauty with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Alan Ball.