Monday Starters #4

A collection of links, fun and serious, on film and culture, to start the week.


Indiegogo: Chalky – a feature documentary about the British theatre and film producer Michael White

“”Chalky” is the nickname of the legendary impresario Michael White.

Producer of hundreds of plays and films from Rocky Horror to Monty Python, playboy, gambler, friend and confidante to the rich and famous the world over – Chalky made fortunes and lost fortunes.

Incredibly now, despite bankruptcy and fragile health, Chalky continues to live the life of an impresario – out every night with the assistance of his two walking canes – invited to parties, opening nights and festivals around the world.”


The Saragossa Manuscript by Darragh O’Donoghue (Senses of Cinema)

“Jan Potocki’s The Manuscript Found in Saragossa (1805-1814) is a celebration of storytelling. In a war-ravaged tavern around 1780, a French soldier and his gaoler read a volume left behind by one Alphonse de Worden. Alphonse was a military officer in 1739, about to take up his first post in Madrid. The manuscript is his diary of the two months during which he was diverted from this journey – by supernatural occurrences and hallucinations, beautiful Arab princesses and cabbalists, hermits and one-eyed madmen, bandits and the Spanish Inquisition, geometers and gypsies. Most of these characters have stories to tell, the narrating of which takes up the bulk of the novel.

Even with the framework of a two-part, three-hour film, director Wojciech Has and his screenwriter Tadeusz Kwiatkowski needed to compress and corral this narrative exuberance – Potocki’s 36 tales told over 66 days are reduced to a more manageable half dozen in three days.

The Saragossa Manuscript was long forgotten by film history because it apparently didn’t fit into the two dominant historical moments of [Polish] national cinema.”

The Saragossa Manuscript which, according to film critic Colin Covert has an ending that would “peel your brain back”.


Review of Artist Rooms: August Sander from Aesthetica
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in Leicester until January 6, 2013

“August Sander’s photographs encompass all emotions and circumstances that have long been endured by people of both disadvantaged and privileged backgrounds alike. Now all those endured emotions and circumstances, precisely 175 photographs, are at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in the heart of Leicester waiting to be internalised by the art-lovers of the 21st century.”

August Sander’s photography in Leicester



10 Classic Opposite Scenes from ScriptLab

“The “Opposites Scene” is a crucial part to any writer’s repertoire. It is so powerful that entire film premises are often based on it. The scene takes place when two opposite characters are forced to interact. The situation forces the characters to change, which allows the characters to grow closer either physically or emotionally (or sometimes both). Their differences must be believable, yet interesting. The amount and depth of differences between the characters determine how far they will have to travel to achieve their goal.”

On Writing

It’s the Details, Writers!

Writing tips from the veteran book editor Alan Rinzler.


TV Writer Podcast

Interviews with working showrunners and writers in various genres and parts of the television industry.


Emotion is everywhere:

Customer service is an emotional experience from e! Science News

“The customer interaction may need to be recast in the context of a dynamic interplay between salespersons and customers, where the affective state of each may influence the other”

Screenwriter on the Web

Raving Dave – Dave Herman – a London-born screenwriter living and working in Amsterdam, Holland.


The Great Big (30+) List of iPhone Apps for Writers

For research, creativity, productivity and more.


@sofluid – Michelle Goode

Screenwriter / script reader / editor / film reviewer. Finalist for Sir Peter Ustinov Television Screenwriting Award ’09. Published author with Ether Books.


From the world of literary nonfiction – interview with writer Richard Rhodes

Interview with Richard Rhodes from Mayborn School of Journalism on Vimeo.


Editing feels almost like sculpting or a form of continuing the writing process. 
– Sydney Pollack



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