Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB


Hard Candy (2005)

Screening format: Blu-Ray (104 Minutes)

Director: David Slade

Writer: Brian Nelson

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

"Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls."

Hayley (Ellen Page) is a precocious teenager who goes to a coffee shop to meet Jeff (Patrick Wilson), the photographer she met on the Internet. Jeff thinks he is in for a real treat, but Hayley plays a trick on him. After drugging Jeff and tying him down, Hayley reveals that she knows Jeff preys on teenage girls and she has a plan to wring a confession from him.

The UCSB Script to Screen series is proud to present Hard Candy. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Brian Nelson and producer Richard Hutton.

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.

Hard Candy Trailer

Hard Candy Interviews: Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page


Brian Nelson, Writer

Brian Nelson holds degrees from Yale University and UCLA. He worked as a drama instructor at Langley High School in McLean, Virginia in the early 1980s, where he taught Gilmore Girls (2000) actress Lauren Graham, Little Miss Sunshine (2006) screenwriter Michael Arndt, and UCLA screenwriting instructor Brian David Price. Today, he is a writer and producer, known for his contribution in vampire film 30 Days of Night (2007) and the the M. Night Shyamalan-produced thriller Devil (2010).

Nelson's work in Hard Candy earned the film three awards at the 2005 Sitges Film Festival, four awards at the Málaga Film Festival, and was also awarded Overlooked Film of the Year at the 2006 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards. It was also nominated for Best Foreign Independent Film at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards, and the movie's trailer was nominated for Best Thriller and Best Titles in a Trailer at the 7th Golden Trailer Awards.

Richard Hutton, Producer

Richard Hutton is an Adjunct Professor in the Film and Media Studies Department at UC, Santa Barbara. Previously, Hutton was Vice President of Media Development for Vulcan Inc. He oversaw Vulcan Productions’ feature film and documentary units and directed all of Vulcan’s media development projects, including initiatives in the education, museum and entertainment sectors. Feature films produced or co-produced under Hutton's direction include Humanitas Prize winner Where God Left His Shoes (2007), starring John Leguizamo; the critically-acclaimed Hard Candy (2005) and Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2016); and Independent Spirit Award winner for Best Picture, Far From Heaven (2002).

Prior to Vulcan, Hutton was senior vice president of creative development at Walt Disney Imagineering. Before that, Hutton served as vice president and general manager of the Disney Institute, where he directed the transition of the organization from concept into an operating business.

Matthew Ryan, Pollock Theater Director

Matthew Ryan began his career at New York University as Events Manager at the Cantor Film Center, where he produced a range of events from an evening with Martin Scorsese to a media conference with then President Bill Clinton. In 2008, he received a MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

He is director of the amazing Pollock Theater and 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.