Screen Writing Archive

  • At the recent British Fantasy Convention in Brighton, I was privileged to share a panel on movies with the inimitable Kim Newman, a man who has seen more movies than...

    Lifeforce

    At the recent British Fantasy Convention in Brighton, I was privileged to share a panel on movies with the inimitable Kim Newman, a man who has seen more movies than...

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  • I’ve been racing around the country for the last few days so haven’t had time to write  about the panel I did at the weekend for the London Screenwriters’ Festival....

    Fantastical TV

    I’ve been racing around the country for the last few days so haven’t had time to write  about the panel I did at the weekend for the London Screenwriters’ Festival....

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  • There is one county in England which is notorious for its high murder count and the weirdness of its locals – they get up to all sorts there, including ritual...

    Murder in Midsomer

    There is one county in England which is notorious for its high murder count and the weirdness of its locals – they get up to all sorts there, including ritual...

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  • I’ve spent the last week or so watching old movies,  as preparation for a part-time teaching job I’m currently doing up in the University of York.  High Noon, Rio Bravo,...

    London Screenwriter’s Festival 2011

    I’ve spent the last week or so watching old movies,  as preparation for a part-time teaching job I’m currently doing up in the University of York.  High Noon, Rio Bravo,...

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  • One of the highlights of my Eastercon just past was taking part in a writers’ workshop run by an excellent group called the T Party. Hi guys! This was a...

    Why to be a Writer

    One of the highlights of my Eastercon just past was taking part in a writers’ workshop run by an excellent group called the T Party. Hi guys! This was a...

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  • As I mentioned in a previous blog, I have been much entertained at seeing the dreadful dreadful reviews for Zack Snyder’s new movie Sucker Punch.  So I thought I’d check...

    Sucker Punch: the Palmer Take

    As I mentioned in a previous blog, I have been much entertained at seeing the dreadful dreadful reviews for Zack Snyder’s new movie Sucker Punch.  So I thought I’d check...

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  • I’ve just been browsing through some photographs of my home town of Port Talbot in South Wales.  This is the place where I was born, and where my family still...

    On The Spirit of Place: Writing that is Inspired by a Location

    I’ve just been browsing through some photographs of my home town of Port Talbot in South Wales.  This is the place where I was born, and where my family still...

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  • (NOTE: To hear Nicole Peeler’s SFF Song of the Week, scroll down, or click here.) Ah, the BAFTAs! Weren’t they great!  Jonathan Ross redeemed himself with a string of actually...

    The Alternative BAFTAS

    (NOTE: To hear Nicole Peeler’s SFF Song of the Week, scroll down, or click here.) Ah, the BAFTAs! Weren’t they great!  Jonathan Ross redeemed himself with a string of actually...

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  • I had an enjoyable film biz kind of a day yesterday. I had a meeting in the morning with a very lovely executive at a company called Future Films, who...

    Film Biz Stuff

    I had an enjoyable film biz kind of a day yesterday. I had a meeting in the morning with a very lovely executive at a company called Future Films, who...

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  • I spoke to my mother earlier tonight; she really enjoyed GIFT, and since she is a doctor, she appreciated the medical details.  That’s an interesting coincidence ; my mother worked...

    Is There a Doctor in the House?

    I spoke to my mother earlier tonight; she really enjoyed GIFT, and since she is a doctor, she appreciated the medical details.  That’s an interesting coincidence ; my mother worked...

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  • What’s the best way to kill an alien? Do you zap it with energy beams, blast it with bullets, burn it with a flame-thrower, drop an anti-matter bomb on it,...

    How to Write Action SF

    What’s the best way to kill an alien? Do you zap it with energy beams, blast it with bullets, burn it with a flame-thrower, drop an anti-matter bomb on it,...

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  • Here’s the latest guest blog in our Movie Zone feature…from the talented and irrepressible screenwriter and blogger Adrian Reynolds.  Adrian’s thoughts on life and movies and other stuff can be...

    Does Whatever a Franchise Can: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

    Here’s the latest guest blog in our Movie Zone feature…from the talented and irrepressible screenwriter and blogger Adrian Reynolds.  Adrian’s thoughts on life and movies and other stuff can be...

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  • I’ve finally seen Avatar, and it’s as amazing and spectacular as everyone says.  The 3D experience is exhilarating, the plot is tight and smart, and the concept is brilliant.  It’s...

    If Jackals Ruled the World

    I’ve finally seen Avatar, and it’s as amazing and spectacular as everyone says.  The 3D experience is exhilarating, the plot is tight and smart, and the concept is brilliant.  It’s...

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  • I’ve recently started opening up this debatable space to guest blogs…most recently, Stuart Angell McGregor’s splendid piece on The X-Files and his own original, never-broadcast show The Flashlight Department. Watch...

    SF Movies: Guest post from Archie Tait

    I’ve recently started opening up this debatable space to guest blogs…most recently, Stuart Angell McGregor’s splendid piece on The X-Files and his own original, never-broadcast show The Flashlight Department. Watch...

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  • As a post-Christmas treat, I went to see a classic movie at the BFI (formerly the National Film Theatre).  It was The Red Shoes, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger,...

    Movie Zone: The Red Shoes

    As a post-Christmas treat, I went to see a classic movie at the BFI (formerly the National Film Theatre).  It was The Red Shoes, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger,...

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  • More great movie SF in the pipeline it seems – James Cameron is to produce (but probably not direct) a version of the fab 1996 movie Fantastic Voyage, featuring a bunch...

    Fantastic Times Ahead

    More great movie SF in the pipeline it seems – James Cameron is to produce (but probably not direct) a version of the fab 1996 movie Fantastic Voyage, featuring a bunch...

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  • I’ve been mulling about the Robert Jackson Bennett post about How to Write a Story over on the Orbit website. It’s a funny, brief and utterly brilliant little essay.  And it’s...

    The Writer’s Quest, Part 1: Find Yourself

    I’ve been mulling about the Robert Jackson Bennett post about How to Write a Story over on the Orbit website. It’s a funny, brief and utterly brilliant little essay.  And it’s...

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  • I went into Borders on Charing Cross Road last week… a sad experience to see such a lovely bookshop in its dying days.  I looked for bargains – but didn’t...

    On Rebus

    I went into Borders on Charing Cross Road last week… a sad experience to see such a lovely bookshop in its dying days.  I looked for bargains – but didn’t...

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  • I’ve recently introduced a new feature on this blog…consisting of longer and more researched pieces on favourite books, movies and TV shows written by me and the co-geeks amongst my...

    TV Zone: The X-Files

    I’ve recently introduced a new feature on this blog…consisting of longer and more researched pieces on favourite books, movies and TV shows written by me and the co-geeks amongst my...

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  • I recently posted my 100th blog!  And it’s been huge fun to chatter away on this site. I’m now aiming to post a little more regularly – this year has...

    Movie Zone: Outland and Watchmen

    I recently posted my 100th blog!  And it’s been huge fun to chatter away on this site. I’m now aiming to post a little more regularly – this year has...

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