September 20, 2017

I watched GRAVITY (Alfonso Cuarón 2013) again recently. Why? The film's astonishing visual impact. I think Gravity is one of if not the most phenomenal technical productions in film history. I am also fascinated with all things space. 2001 A Space Odyssey and much scie...

September 9, 2017

It's hard not to go online and not be, well, a tiny polka dot bikini bit desperate about the human world, if for no other reason than what that world is doing to the planet, and how little everyone is doing about it, myself inc. This is not a political statement; it’s...

September 7, 2017

Some years ago, I listened to a talk on screenwriting given by the British screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce at the British Film Institute on London’s South Bank.

Frank said that for him, a first draft of a script is just a way to fill 90 pages. No more. V...

September 1, 2017

Should novelists adapt their books to the screen?

I've performed numerous adaptations. In my experience the person who wrote the book will have too subjective an approach to the source material (and will find it hard to be as ruthless as is required by the adaptation p...

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