David Freeman writing course

February 22, 2010

Raindance have David Freeman back to do his two day writing course Beyond Structure.  I took it about the last time he was in the UK I think. I was a little sceptical about it as it talks about 45 ways to do this and 27 ways to deepen character etc, etc but I really enjoyed it and thought it really useful. You should check it out. Really long days but really worth the expense I found.



February 22, 2010

Bafta Hurt Locker- Yay

Bafta – Bigelow- yay

Bafta- Boal- Yay

Apocalyto/ Jerusalem- reviews

February 19, 2010

Saw Apocalyto a couple of nights ago.

Good film. The film wasn’t as graphic as I remember it being reviews. Well put together movie. Really enjoyed it. Simple script but well put together. I think the simplicity of the story structure hides alot of effort. It all ‘had’ to (for me) lead to the money shot at the end. So I wasn’t surprised by the end shot has it had to be that shot but for me to write it in this way took alot of skill with clues and threads being scattered, planted earlier in the film.

Jerusalem- Saw this yesterday at the Apollo Theatre. Good play. Nice level of mysticism in the piece. Very strong performances. Never quite sure how a cast of sixteen can be made to pay when one actor has one scene and three others only have two. One is a kid so that makes sense but the others are presumably on full equity minimum. The link is from a report in 2006 so this will no doubt be adjusted for inflation (?) The minimium fee is very small. I like the fact that actors are working and I get the idea that this is a/the way to build experience for the actor but I am always conscious of the cost when I write a play. In film the actor can be employed for a day but not on the stage. I imagine the playwright says this is the play I have written and the Producer bites the bullet and raises the cash or doesn’t.


February 15, 2010

Off to Apollo Theatre in the West End this week to see Jerusalem. It has been nominated for a number of writing and acting awards. A recent article makes the case for the play being a treatise on Englishness.I really wanted to see it at the Royal Court but couldn’t make it.

Writer Jez Butterworth’s had an interesting career so far with his mixture of stageplays, screenplays and Directing. There’s an interview from 2009 here with Journalist Mark Lawson.

All in all I’m really looking forward to the day.

Let the Right One In

February 13, 2010

Finally saw the Swedish vampire love story Let The Right One In (Director Tomas Alfredson/Writer John Ajvide Lindqvist. 2008) Really good film. Takes its time and nice and atmospheric. Good, well-written characters.

There’s also a very droll DVD Extra commentary by Writer and director.

Five Wives Of Fela Kuti Draft3 Done

February 8, 2010

Completed draft 3 minutes ago and have now emailed it to Kate Chapman and Bianca Winter of Theatre Writing Partnership (TWP)

It is much changed in plot and some characterisation. Think it’s much better. The plan is to have a script meeting this week and then for me to deliver a polish draft for 25th of this Month. The script will then go out to potential producing theatres to seek collaboaration for a production 2011/2012. I am hoping the Steve Mcqueen Fela biopic will help in creating additional interest around the man and his life.

I’ll post again after feedback.

More Images of Fela Kuti’s Wives

February 3, 2010

Urban Images have a number of Images of Fela Kuti wives. Check the images out here and Urban Images home page here

Alot of them I’ve seen before but some still new to me. The colour images work really well for me in terms of representing a time and a place. I also like the detail of rugs and food, etc. Just day to day living. This type of stuff will be fantastic for any eventual production. Can I use the word versimilitude? I think I may just go for it with no spell check.

I am incidentally into the final third of the new draft of Five Wives of Fela Kuti.

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