Selma Karayalcin

Selma Karayalcin

Screenwriter, Acting Teacher and Researcher

Kyrenia, Cyprus

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September 2020
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About Selma

Selma Karayalçın was born and grew up in London, England, and moved to Cyprus in 2000. She earned a Ph.D in English Literature, has published academic articles and fiction, and teaches courses in English literature, theatre and creative writing. Selma began writing screenplays in 2017 and has recently completed her third one, "Her Ruby Heart," based on the tempestuous relationship of Carole Lombard and Clarke Gable. She was awarded a prestigious Hemingway Research Grant in 2019 to support her research on her screenplay “The Hemingways” (now held in the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library). She is currently working on a screenplay about Maud Allan, the controversial turn-of-the-century dancer, and another based on her own London childhood experiences and her Jamaican neighbor’s involvement with Yardies.



  • Poet's Corner

    Poet's Corner Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama Crime In early ‘80s London, a precocious girl and her sister, steal drugs from Jamaican dealers to pay their mother’s debt to violent gangsters -- with catastrophic consequences.

  • Mountains Like Five Fingers

    Mountains Like Five Fingers Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama A young American couple holidaying in the paradise island of Cyprus. She wants an abortion; he doesn’t. 

  • The Hemingways

    The Hemingways Budget: $1M - $5M | Biography Drama The true story of Ernest Hemingway's last years and of his tempestuous relationship with his fourth wife Mary as they struggle to deal with his declining powers as a writer. 

  • Her Ruby Heart

    Her Ruby Heart Budget: $1M - $5M | Biography Drama Carole Lombard, January, 1942: after a successful War Bonds tour, Carole rushes home to husband Clark Gable, whom she doesn’t trust – but then the unthinkable happens.


  • Ernest Hemingway Research Grant: John F Kennedy Library Foundation (John F Kennedy Presidential Libr


  • The University of Northampton.

  • King’s College, London

  • University of Leicester.

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