Archive for March 20th, 2007

Year of the Writer-Director

20th March 2007

Touching somewhat upon the previous entry, The Los Angeles Times declares 2007 is the “Year of the Writer-Director”.

Consider Mike White, the droll, white-haired scribe behind The Good Girl and School of Rock, who says he used to be a “really bad backseat driver” on the sets of the movies he wrote. “You’re completely stressed in each situation trying to figure out how to manipulate everyone into doing what you want them to do.” But directing — that’s a charm, says White. “You can actually say what you want.”

White just helmed his first film — Year of the Dog, the tale of a woman (Molly Shannon) who really, no, really, loves animals. In fact, he joins a bumper crop of brand-name writers making directorial debuts in 2007. They include Oscar nominees Scott Frank (Out of Sight) and Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Oscar winner Alan Ball (American Beauty), Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction), Tony Gilroy (the Bourne movies), Robin Swicord (Little Women) and perhaps the most singular screenwriter of his generation, Charlie Kaufman, an Oscar winner for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Fantasic Irish Films

20th March 2007

ITFN reports on the current line-up of Irish nominees for the annual European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF) awards: the Méliès d’Or (for short films), and the Méliès d’Argent (for feature films).

Over the course of the year, participating fantastic film festivals around Europe nominate films in the d’Or or d’Argent category. All the nominees are entered into competition and judged by an international jury.

This year the winners will be announced at the 11th Méliès d’Or Ceremony at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, on the 16th of September 2007.

It’s great to see a strong representation of Irish talent at such a high level of competition, and it’s interesting to note that each film was written and directed by the same person.