Ex Machina’s Secrets Show Garland’s Directing Genius


Alex Garland has mastered storytelling for a long time. I remember the novel The Beach to be a riveting read. Here I will show you how he lifted his own screenplay for Ex Machina from gold to platinum level, through inspired direction. This will only take one scene. At the time of the screen adaptation of Alex Garland’s The Beach, all eyes […]

Jimmy McGovern: Soap Writer With Substance


Behind the charming accent and sweet demeanor hides a clever cynic. Angry at the injustice of society, Jimmy McGovern has a reason to write. In an unexpectedly controversial Bafta lecture, he covers generating story, professionally causing offense, and the gravity of hard work. “You haven’t got to be better, you just have to work harder.” […]

One Surprising Scene That Earns Spotlight Best Picture

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I really enjoyed Spotlight. Not a masterpiece, but a relevant story, well told. Irony is not my strong side, and some now believe that I genuinely have the balls to criticise the winner of both Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. You’re giving me too much credit, guys. What I wanted to demonstrate, is that you can’t apply advice […]