In the Evening Standard today, the poet Ruth Padel is described as ‘the only household name’ left in the race to become Oxford Professor of poetry. I’m sure Padel is an excellent poet, and a perfectly good candidate for the chair, but despite all this, she is not a household name; I would go so […]
‘Juliet, Naked’ is finished and comes out in September, in the UK and US. ‘An Education’ is released in September in the US, October in the UK. The screenplay will be published by Penguin later in the year. I’m currently writing, with Giles Smith, the rest of our radio comedy series ‘The Richest Man In […]
Sometimes you can be helped towards a greater understanding of your own views on a subject by reading an argument that is diametrically opposed to everything you believe. This happened to me yesterday when I came across the playwright Mark Ravenhill’s piece in the G2 section of the Guardian, a piece which in the print […]
One of the things I like the most about my job is that, for various reasons, I get to see and hear and read stuff before everyone else. Why this should be quite so pleasurable I don’t know: it’s hard to brag, when the person you’re bragging to has invariably never heard of the book […]
Salman Rushdie, writing in the Guardian about film adaptations, tells us that “the failures are so much more frequent than the successes”. Well, yes. But what about original screenplays? How’s the strike rate there? And novels? Even novels with serious literary intentions? Poems? Plays? Marriages? Lives?
Not everybody has been made to feel good by the feelgood Oscar success of the feelgood ‘Slumdog Millionaire’… as a letter in the London Review of Books makes plain: “[Slumdog Millionaire’s] intention to make money is all too clear. It does so by giving the rags-to-riches formula an exotic spin, and manages to be at […]
‘An Education’ won the Audience Award in the World Dramatic category at the Sundance Film Festival. John de Borman also won the Best Cinematography award. We sold the film to Sony Classics, so it now has US distribution. We had a good time. I will post a Sundance diary later in the week.
Saturday Jan 17th The story so far: ‘An Education’, a film with a script I adapted from a piece of Lynn Barber memoir which originally appeared in Granta, has been invited to the Sundance Film Festival. ‘An Education’, directed by Lone Scherfig, stars Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan, a brilliant young actress, and was produced […]
In 1919, Samuel Goldwyn signed up the Belgian playwright Murice Maeterlink, who had recently won the Nobel Prize, to provide screenplays and scenarios for Goldwyn’s fledgling studio. “The trouble started when the Belgian set to work. He spoke no English, so to get in the mood, he produced an adaptation of one of his own […]
Happy New Year. Mine began with a visit (uninvited) from a Mail On Sunday journalist, who rang on my doorbell on a Saturday morning because she wanted me to talk to her about the tragic death of John Travolta’s son. As I have never met John Travolta or his son, I declined to comment, perhaps […]