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Shia LaBeouf’s screenplay on BROCKHAMPTON’s Kevin Abstract has won an award

Minor Modifications has taken home the Sun Valley Film Festival’s High Scribe Award

Following the critical success of his autobiographical film Honey Boy, Shia LaBeouf’s script on BROCKHAMPTON’s founding member Kevin Abstract has won the Sun Valley Film Festival’s High Scribe Award.

Titled Minor Modifications, the script – which has been published on screenwriting website The Black List – is based on the pair’s conversations during weekly informal group therapy sessions at the BROCKHAMPTON house in LA – a house once occupied by most of the band, but now serves as a creative studio. Its official synopsis reads: “Based on the life of rapper Kevin Abstract, this biographical fiction follows a Texas teen as he struggles with identity, finding meaningful relationships, sexual fluidity, and his direction in life.”

We don’t know whether the script is heading into pre-production, or whether Abstract will star in the film, but according to the Sun Valley Film Festival’s official website, the competition “gives finalists an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work; the winner receives mentoring from an experienced professional”.

However, the decision has triggered some backlash from other entrants, who claim the actor’s win has taken away the opportunity from those less established in the industry. Responding to these accusations, a rep for LaBeouf told The Wrap: “He is thrilled to be a part of the community and thrives off of any opportunity to gain insight, constructive criticism, and knowledge from those with more experience…and that’s in regards to any art form.”

Last year’s Honey Boy saw the actor play the role of his father in a biographical film about his own life. The film was brought to life by filmmaker Alma Har’el, and followed LaBeouf’s childhood and early adult years as he struggled with his mental health and his dad’s alcoholism.