ISSN: 17597137
First published in 2010
3 issues per volume
Volume 6 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2015
The writer as director: A case study – Brothers and Sisters (1981)
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Authors:  Richard Woolley 
DOI: 10.1386/josc.6.1.39_1

Keywords
writer-director,screenplay,film script,screenplay format,1970s film,Brothers and Sisters (1981),auteur

Abstract
This is a practitioner’s case history of a particular, personal scripting process, in the context of Arts public funding of film in the United Kingdom, before the rise of the current screenwriting orthodoxy. The role of the script for an auteur writer-director is, here, seen more clearly as a personal tool for the development of the screen idea; format, for example, works creatively for the director rather than as a standardized part of the conventional memorandum for others it has become. Using the experience of scripting Brothers and Sisters (1981) I reflect on the interconnection between script and eventual film as a whole process, rather than as a separate set of skills, and conclude that the best way of achieving those representational goals in the screenplay context should remain open to continual experiment and debate by researchers and practitioners alike, and not be closed off for all time by absolutist formulas and set-in-stone formats.
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