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Letters Home 1937-1939

Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...Introduction Sidney Howard was first and foremost a playwright. At the age of thirty-four, he won the Pulitzer Prize for They Knew What They Wanted (which would be filmed several times). He also wrote Half Gods, The silver Cord and The Late...

1981–1983

Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970, and grew up in Northern Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, a journalist, a documentary-maker, a film festival programmer, and an editor of books. Sean Penn is the third book he has written, following the oral biography Alan Clarke (1998) and the interview collection The Name of This Book is Dogme 95 (2000). His first novel, Crusaders, was published in 2008. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Penn : His Life and Times

Faber & Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...Ninety-eight per cent of creation is accident. One per cent is intellect, and one per cent is logic. And it’s about making the accident work for you, right? There’s a way to create the accident; and it comes down to playing on a level...

1985–1987

Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970, and grew up in Northern Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, a journalist, a documentary-maker, a film festival programmer, and an editor of books. Sean Penn is the third book he has written, following the oral biography Alan Clarke (1998) and the interview collection The Name of This Book is Dogme 95 (2000). His first novel, Crusaders, was published in 2008. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Penn : His Life and Times

Faber & Faber, 2004

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...My understanding of the direction that Madonna was choosing was a misunderstanding. And the degree to which she would be choosing, and chosen for, such an intense spotlight was not something I had seen on the cards. So that was a surprise...

1996–1998

Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970, and grew up in Northern Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, a journalist, a documentary-maker, a film festival programmer, and an editor of books. Sean Penn is the third book he has written, following the oral biography Alan Clarke (1998) and the interview collection The Name of This Book is Dogme 95 (2000). His first novel, Crusaders, was published in 2008. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Penn : His Life and Times

Faber & Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...I’ve always admired Sean’s ability to discern what’s going to be an interesting role and an interesting film. And even when he’s been in a film that hasn’t ultimately worked out in its totality – I’ve always understood why he did it.Sean...

Sound Design: The Dancing Shadow

Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...It disappeared long ago, but in 1972 The Window was still there, peering blindly through a veil of dust, thirty-five feet above the floor of Samuel Goldwyn's old Stage 7. I never would have noticed had not Richard pointed it out to me as we...

Meeting in Dublin: The Quiet Man, 1950

Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...'I'm a quiet, gentle person.'It is futile to attempt to envisage beforehand what places, people will be like. Inevitably, though, images form in the mind. They certainly had plenty of time to form in mine, for by the time I actually got...

1983–1985

Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970, and grew up in Northern Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, a journalist, a documentary-maker, a film festival programmer, and an editor of books. Sean Penn is the third book he has written, following the oral biography Alan Clarke (1998) and the interview collection The Name of This Book is Dogme 95 (2000). His first novel, Crusaders, was published in 2008. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Penn : His Life and Times

Faber & Faber, 2004

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...All the fame one should look for in life is to have lived it quietly …Twenty-three-year-old Steve Kloves had made his first successful studio pitch for Racing with the Moon, a story somewhat akin to one of his favourite movies, Summer...

1999–2001

Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1970, and grew up in Northern Ireland. He has worked as a theatre director, a journalist, a documentary-maker, a film festival programmer, and an editor of books. Sean Penn is the third book he has written, following the oral biography Alan Clarke (1998) and the interview collection The Name of This Book is Dogme 95 (2000). His first novel, Crusaders, was published in 2008. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sean Penn : His Life and Times

Faber & Faber, 2004

Book chapter

...Sean, even when I first met him at twenty, loved the idea of just getting in a car and driving, disappearing – just checking out places. He was attracted to a certain kind of … what detractors call ‘low life’, what Sean would say...

Missing Sandy Dennis

Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...There are always moments, sometimes entire scenes and characters, that are cut out of a movie. For anyone who takes an active interest in the story they are helping to tell, whatever their capacity in a production, there is bound...

The Story Gets a Treatment

Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...If one goes to the root of the matter, motion pictures are neither written nor acted, but made. It is the combination of director with cameraman which, more than the writer, more even than the beloved screen personality, gives the finished...