Monday, January 30, 2006

Keep on truckin'

For those of us in the "aspiring" category of screenwriters, there is this article from today's Washington Post (registration online required). At the age of 85, Ruth Sacks Caplin has just had her first (and only, apparently) script produced into a movie, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, starring Joan Plowright. It's making the arthouse rounds now.

What I take away from story is this:

1. You're never too old to be a writer;

2. It shouldn't take you as long to finish your script as it took Mrs. Sacks Caplin - she started in the late 1970's; and

3. Make sure one of your children grows up to found a production company that makes movies like the Oscar-nominated Ali and manages the literary estates for writers such as William Faulkner.

Still, the vanity aspects of the project aside, it is refreshing to see that anyone can do it at any time with a good story and good writing. Nobody still knows anything I guess.


  • one of your children

    Damn, that knocks my chances to hell. Guess I'll just have to concentrate on writing.

    By Blogger writergurl, at 1:30 PM  

  • don't fret WG, just do what Angelina Jolie is doing, ....she knows the kids are going to help her break into Hollywood.

    By Blogger Grubber, at 3:03 PM  

  • Yeah, well, AJ and I are not exactly equals in the looks or acting chops catergory. She's got me beat.

    But, then again, I have better taste than she does in women. Have you SEEN her former female lover? Jenny Shimizu is her name, if you wanna google her...

    By Blogger writergurl, at 8:40 PM  


    According to this oh so reputable literary publication, Writergurl, they still are, ahem, intimate friends.

    By Blogger MaryAn Batchellor, at 11:13 AM  

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