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Kenny – Plumbing the depths

National Screenwriters’ Conference 2009: Kenny – Plumbing the depths by: David Tiley Screen Hub Thursday 26 February, 2009 Before opening a completely charming discussion with Andrew Knight about the writing of ‘Kenny’, Clayton Jacobson produced some very sobering numbers. Kenny cost $500,000. By the time the film returned $5m, he was still $250,000 in debt. When it made $8m, his …

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To McKee or not to McKee

A friend asked me if I would be offended should he spend $600 to go see McKee in Melbourne. Years ago I happened to be in LA in the first days of release of the first edition of STORY (McKee’s bestselling book). I purchased two copies: one for myself and one for my best friend who had attended the story …

Please inspire me with Greatness

Another year with less-than-memorable oscars. Of the movies I have seen, I fail to find any truly great. I won’t go in detail as I suspect there will be an abundance of articles critical of the winner in each category. Closest to timeless comes WALL-E and despite the fact that the film has ruined the chances of my own recent …