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Q&A Jeff Goldsmith

As much as I love my phone, I don’t want to be one of those guys who’s glued to its screen 24/7, alienating the world around him and all the people who inhabit it (although most of them will probably be on their phones anyway). I’m constantly reading, but magazines costs a lot of money and take over entire rooms, before being sold on a car boot stall for 10p each. The ones… Read More

FAVOURITE FILM CHARACTERS #2 – GAY PERRY (KISS KISS BANG BANG)

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  “You don’t get it, do you? This isn’t “good cop, bad cop.” This is fag and New Yorker. You’re in a lot of trouble…” – Gay Perry Genre and character conventions can be played with, and can be used to create something that not only challenges the audiences expectations, but gives them something they’ve never seen before. Shane Black pulled this off in glorious style when he created the role of… Read More

Shane Black

As freelance writers, it is important for us to have mentors, and people who inspire us. Most freelancers have a list of blogs that they have subscribed to because they enjoy the words of wisdom from certain writerly folk (mine include Carol Tice, Lucy Hay and Jeff Bullas) and keep coming back for more. From a personal standpoint, my biggest writing mentor is the screenwriter (and now film director) Shane Black. Since I… Read More

GREAT SCREENWRITING INTERVIEWS #2 – SHANE BLACK

Shane Black is my favourite screenwriter of all time, and not just because of how much I love the likes of Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight, but because of how effortless he makes screenwriting appear, when we all know that it’s agony. It takes a great writer to be able to pull this off. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favourite films of all time… Read More

GREAT DIALOGUE EXCHANGES – KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005)

Almost every word that is spoken in Shane Black’s criminally under-seen LA noir is gold, but my favourite scene in the whole film is when Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) is reunited with childhood friend Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan) in an LA bar. According to Shane Black, the nine years he spent in the wilderness after 1996’s The Long Kiss Goodnight suffering from writers block, rejection and depression were put to an… Read More

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