Mark Devenport – Big Things

May 29, 2009

Edinburgh International Film Festival has a link to the screening details of Mark’s film Big Things here. It plays next month on the 20th June.

Lead actor and co-writer Tony Claassen is coming in next week to talk to some NTU students about the process. We are also screening the film. Tony is accompanying the film to Edinburgh and also to Japan where it is screening in a festival.

It’s a really well shot, well acted piece that avoids the cliched ‘amateur film maker tries to make a film’ that are so ofter apparent in low-budget films like this.

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The Wives (Many) of Fela anikulapo Kuti

May 29, 2009

In preparation for my meeting with Kate Chapman tomorrow I’m Re-reading my first draft of my stageplay The Wives (Many) of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Reflections are that it is better than I remembered.
Completed this draft in August and haven’t read it since then.
The language is better than I remembered. I felt the five wives were too similar but they are more idiosynchratic than I thought. Also a lot of energy and dynamism in the opening.
The project stalled for some reason but hopefully twp and I can together get it back on track.


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