As Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is one of the few films to depict the less glamorous lifestyle of a secret agent, I consider how contemporary cinema presents spies and analyse the directorial influence Tomas Alfredson has on his espionage thriller.
Comedy Scribe tells Budding Screenwriters how to get onto TV.
On Thursday 29th March, 7:30pm, Falmouth’s Courtyard Deli will host an informal talk with screenwriter James Henry through their Arts Cafe. With reference to his experiences writing for the Bafta winning Green Wing, Smack the Pony and a variety of children’s television, the evening will provide informative insight into the screenwriting industry.
2011 has seen an incredible amount of high quality films and it is little wonder that the word ‘Oscar’ has been thrown around with as much affluence as money in the Transformers production office. Among this year’s highlights was Duncan Jones’ mind-boggling Source Code, the compelling King’s Speech and the breathtaking conclusion to the Harry Potter series. Although I am yet to see some of the year’s later releases, including David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, here are my favourite films of 2011.
“Everyone who makes films has to be an athlete to a certain degree because cinema does not come from abstract academic thinking; it comes from your knees and thighs”. Werner Herzog
What sets this filmmaker aside from the rest is his drive and determination to get his vision created. Herzog has overcome a vast amount in his career from the turbulent relationship with Klaus Kinski, struggles with on location shooting and even being shot during an interview with Mark Kermode. There isn’t much that can stop this filmmaker from creating what he wants – he would even ‘travel down to Hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary’.