February 27, 2015

Working through films that I’ve recorded over the years on my set top box and not gotten around to seeing so last night was Disgrace.

Disgrace film Poster

Disgrace Poster

John Malkovich played the main character and I didn’t recognise any of the supporting players. Not read JM Coetzee’s Booker-prize winning book that the film was based on but film felt very disjointed and hard for me to get into and I guess it’s one of those books that was super complex to adapt as a film.


February 26, 2015

Saw this via ideastap via twitter
On storytelling
on storytelling

Music Biographies

February 22, 2015

By coincidence got three music biographies from library recently

Prince Biography

Prince Biography

What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong Biog

What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong Biog


Morrissey&Marr_The Severed Alliance

Morrissey&Marr_The Severed Alliance

Read the Prince one over the weekend and it was much better than I thought, especially on the last 10/15 years. Now onto the Louis Armstrong one. Riccardi’s thesis is that Armstrong was unfairly popped at by critics in his later years and that critics either hadn’t followed his career or were wilfully using their ennui to have a go. The Morrissey/Marrs one I saw when I was returning the Prince one. Never a Smiths fan but it looked good so figured why not.

Mark Cousins article

February 19, 2015

Mark Cousins has written a provocative article in Sight & Sound magazine about film schools.

dispatches mark cousins film school programme


50 weeks, new project/focus every week.
see it here

Lots of good ideas

Film CatchuP

February 11, 2015

In award season I’ve been watching a number of the nominated films but had that horrible experience recently of my set top box nearly running out of space and not recording MOTD so been working my way through the films I’ve recorded ages ago and not gotten around to seeing so saw

Tyrannosaur poster

Another Year Poster

Another Year Poster

The Way Back poster

The Way Back

Enjoyed them all. the introductory shot of Imelda Staunton near the opening shot was just like Lost In translation’s opening shot right? I wonder how much more of her story was shot that we never got to see.
Tyrannosaur was good and for me deserved all the plaudits, looking forward to his next directorial film.
Way back- Peter Weir’s had a really interesting mix of films and again his work is something that I enjoy watching.

Writer Anonymous

February 5, 2015

My name is jools- it’s been 12 weeks since my last update. Been super busy. Been crimbo and I’ve been to Maurithuis museum in Den Haag, Holland.

Maurithuis Museum Exterior

Maurithuis Museum Exterior

Den Haag is about 45 mins train journey from A’Dam so I also went to and saw Boyhood which I enjoyed alot


and I went to Rembrandthuis musuem as well which was cool. One fortunate result of him going bankkrupt is the inventory and his paintings allowed seemingly accurate recreation of the house, its decor and contents.


Rembrandt Etch&Print Demo Image

They also do demonostration of techniques there and above is a print of an etching done during a demo.

‘Cot’ is tick tocking along. Unusually for me I actually did some research before writing it, I normally write first and research later. Spoke to someone (via email) who worked in Immigration services until very recently and thatw as useful.
Currently working on the promotional pack, casting and finishing the extract script pages. The BHM Live Showcase is April to an invited industry audience.

Cot- new project

November 3, 2014

working on Cot an idea for the stage that’s being developed by Serendipity as part of a Black History Month workshop commission. Cot is a story about a young boy detained in an immigration centre or some such place and the immigration worker who tries to establish where boy is from so he cane be sent back there. The idea is that i work on the piece and then it’s showcased at Curve Leicester in Feb.


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