Fairytale ending as amateur scriptwriter's alternative movie blockbuster scoops prize

A nationwide competition to write an alternate finale to a Hollywood classic has had a happy ending for one Carmarthenshire man.

Frank MacLauren, 60, from Brechfa, scooped one of three top prizes in The Alties contest, organised by cartridgesave.co.uk. Budding writers from all over the country turned Martin Scorsese to reimagine new endings for their favourite movies. Entries ranged from The Sound of Music and Beauty And The Beast, to The Italian Job and American Psycho.

Frank caught the attention of the judges with a beautifully crafted take on the 1974 classic Chinatown. Read his winning entry at www.cartridgesave.co.uk/thealties The delighted history student comments: “Chinatown is one of my favourite pictures, stylistically, conceptually and in terms of Nicholson’s performance. But I saw this as an opportunity to change things up a bit and create an ending not foreseeable or reassuring, but plausible.

“I just let my imagination go and it’s amazing to have been recognised as one of the top entries. This will definitely encourage me to write more.”

The judging panel of respected film critic Kevin Bourke, lecturer in film Andy Moor and scriptwriter Martine Roche read through all of the entries before selecting their favourites. The Alties judge Andy Moor comments: “So many people had taken a lot of care over their entries, but what really stood out was how much people love cinema! There were some very crafty alternative endings, and some of them were beautifully written, capturing the tone of the originals but really changing their meanings.” Fellow judge Kevin Bourke adds: “The fresh ending for Chinatown was true to the spirit of the original and, crucially, was still as dark.”

Ian Cowley, Managing Director of cartridgesave.co.uk who organised The Alties, adds: “This competition has clearly tapped a rich seam of talent among budding writers. We will never watch some films in quite the same way again and would love to see some of these endings filmed. Well done to everyone who took part and especially to Frank for this top entry.”