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Ex Machina’s Secrets Show Garland’s Directing Genius

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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

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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.” […]