The Cannes Film Festival opened this week and writer/director and friend of this blog JK Amalou is off to the other side of the Channel to flog his new film, The Man Who Would Be Queen with sales agent Visual Factory. I’m lucky enough to have seen this film already and can tell you it is a stellar hoot and has one of my favourite (not to mention outrageous) lines of dialogue of all time in it.
But don’t take my word for it: watch this clip. Enjoy and keep an eye out for the release because I have faith that it won’t be long now before it’s out in a cinema near you.
Well, hopefully he’s going a little further than the other side of the Channel because that would only get him to Normandy, and it’s Provence he needs, down the bottom of the country. 😉
Thanks for the geography lesson, GD.
But France IS on the other side of the Channel, is it not? Or has some bugger gone and moved it?
It is but it would mean that I wouldn’t be able to be such a smarty-arsed smart arse for the day.
Question though, have you ever come across descriptions in a script that are just so wrong it has snapped you out of the story?
Either facts are wrong – so not enough research – or just the description of something hasn’t properly been though through by the writer.
Everyone says check your spelling, but nobody mentions checking that facts and descriptions hold up.
How picky are you about this?
Or even “thought through by the writer”.
Of course I did that to see if you were paying attention. Honest.
Elinor, I think you will DEFINITELY like it!
GD – that’s a good question and probably worthy of a post on its own… My answer? Depends. If I’m doing an anonymous read for an official place there is usually a place on the report for little details that are wrong, so I’m on the lookout for them. Sometimes smaller details will seem more glaring than other days, probably ‘cos I’m in a bad mood. Othertimes Bang2writers will ask me to specifically look for bad details or I will flag them up because other bigger elements like structure, character, dialogue etc are ok… As a general rule I think the smaller details that are wrong should be ironed out last once the bigger issues are fixed if that makes sense.
Can anyone shed a little light on how movies are financed in this country?
Surely it must be hard to get money for a film when there’s no distribution deal in place?
It is very very VERY difficult J&C!!!
JK is a champion blagger however; if you click on his name in this post it will take you to a post in which he details how he got funding for his last film, Hard Men.
Act of Grace, another film by friend of the blog Marc Pye was financed by lots of loans and general praying by all account. Search of “Act of Grace” in the little wotsit at the top of the blog home page and you’ll find more info.
There are lots of ways to get financing in this country, even without distribution. You have to know where to look, take gigantic risks and have nerves of steel it seems. But it can pay off – JK had great success with Hard Men, it got lots of attention and him lots more jobs. Fortune favours the brave, maybe. I don’t think I could do it, I would freak right out!
Looks good. Hope it gets distributed so we can see it.