Aaron Sorkin interview

December 30, 2010

Interview here with Aaron Sorkin screenwriter of The Social Network. Try and catch the film if you have done so already.

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2010 My creative audit

December 27, 2010

It’s that time of year to look back on the year as I look forward into 2011. Just gone through my posts for the year in an attempt to provoke reflection and analysis of the work I’ve done this year.

Came to the conclusion that I need to do more projects this upcoming year. Need to get back into writing Screenplays having focused on Stageplays for the last three years. I’ve spent alot of 2010 writing two stageplays that have been enjoyable and beneficial but may or may not ever see the light of day. Want to have  more projects on the go so will push on with finishing rewrites on The Remaining Five Wives of Fela Kuti and 57 Images of My Father so as to be in a position to make them into action over the next 12 months or put them to bed. Got two new ideas (another stageplay and a police procedural TV screenplay) that I want to work on as well as my SciFi feature script Carcass that I really need to do a rewrite on.

Also thought about the work I’ve enjoyed this year. The Turner vs The Masters show in January was my personal favourite. Read today that the Arcola Theatre have Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s show about Turner opening in January 2011 so hoping to go and see that.  Also really enjoyed Jerusalem and Fela! My favourite film caught this year was actually one released in 2006 Stranger Than Fiction. Trailer I know this is a cheat but the script was fantastic and I only caught it for the first time this week but really enjoyed it more than any other film I’ve seen this year.

So onwards and upwards into 2011.

Ship of Spirits

December 14, 2010

Film I made some years back now. VO is terribly recorded. It’s about 5 mins long.


I think I might try and turn this into a stageplay of some sort. Think it could be really dramatic.

Lew Wasserman Biog

December 11, 2010

Finished Wasserman bio When Hollywood Had a King. Good book. Particularly liked the early days of mca stuff about Jules Stein. The ending felt a bit rushed. I’d expected more about the Wasserman’s philanthropy but it kind of went ‘semi-retirement and then dead’. Good book as I’d been intrigued to read more about Wasserman who is mentioned in lots of books about Hollywood from the 50’s to 80’s.
I’m now re-reading Kevin Brownlow’s excellent book about David Lean.



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Book Chapter publication

December 7, 2010

Just found out that a chapter I’ve co-written with Rebecca Bell and Sarah Broadberry for the academic book ‘Writing in the Disciplines’  is now under production. It’s being published by Palgrave Macmillan. Not sure when it’s due out yet. I’ll post when I have more detail.


December 6, 2010

Saw Fela! at National Theatre. Musically it’s very good. Loads of energy, visually, aurally and performance-wise.
Book is a bit so so but really enjooyed it. Good for my project The Fives Wive of Fela Kuti (rename coming up now I think) as the projects are just, as expected so, so different in many, many ways. Not sure how much life my project has remaining but we’ll wait and see.

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