The government requires large corporations to issue a modern slavery compliance statement. Although we’re small enough to be exempt, we decided to anyway. Ptara knows about slavery through our study of history. Over the years, the meaning of word slavery has changed, but generally a slave is someone who is not free to choose their […]
With Holocaust Memorial day coming up, schools might want to show a historical film. Sometimes, parents complain that history films rated 15 are shown to kids too young to see them in the cinema, but there are great films on the Holocaust that are suitable for all ages. Now, I’ve seen more than five […]
Some of you may have heard of George Lucas. He’s the guy who wrote and directed the first Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies. He’s one of the few writers, directors, or filmmakers full stop who makes it to the Forbes list. Well, his breakthrough film was a little “coming of age” film called American […]
We’ve had a better response than anticipated to our casting notices for Ibsen’s Ghosts. We’ve started responding, and have had some excellent questions. So, before we reply to everyone, here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
I used to dislike Ibsen. So did the critics. Well, maybe not hate Ibsen, I just couldn’t finish his plays. And, I’m the kind of person who likes to read plays. There are acquired tastes. Dark chocolate, spicy food, and Ibsen’s theatre.
The 11th of November is known as Remembrance Sunday here in Britain, and Memorial Day in America. What the day was originally celebrating was the armistice, the end of the first World War (then only known as the great war.) With the end of hostilities, and the war officially over, there was an illusion of […]
Diana invented the perfect athlete, the perfect worker, the perfect woman. When it comes to life, she feels like a perfect idiot.
In the old days, networking was an accident. Two screenwriters would meet at a film festival because they both had an interest in Bergman, not because they were looking for collaborators. Then they’d go on to write something optioned by Warren Beatty. But, that wasn’t why they went. They discussed films, became friends, and only […]
You want a writing partner you say? Well, how are you gonna write together? In my experience, most people who ask for a writing partner never deliver. They may have won some obscure contest in the past, and now they think that just because they have a nice idea, the world owes them a screenplay. […]
Last year, I was doing a comparison of the films on the WJEC French curriculum. There were four films on the A-level curriculum, La Raffle (the Round Up), (A very Long Engagement), La Classe, and Le Havre. Which of those four would I recommend? Well, for learning French, La Raffle had a huge weakness. In […]