The Unmaking of a Britflick

 
Author: Robin Squire

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435 pages

Illustrated with colour and monochrome photographs throughout

Published: Hastings Publications 2017

ISBN 978-0-9957024-1-7

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Robin Squire: “The Unmaking of a Britflick is my memoir – it reads like a diary and is absolutely true (as much as I’m prepared to admit!). It’s a screenwriter’s wryly real viewpoint of how one particular British film got made against a backdrop of cynicism, chicanery, muddle-headedness and a curious form of madness that appeared to affect almost everyone connected with it. The ‘real’ film starred a young actor who has since become internationally famous, as well as a splendid established actress. Yet even these two couldn’t save it.

As in all the best stories, things don’t go at all as they should. And somewhere amid the cockups, misunderstandings and scream-inducing confusions I have a real-life encounter with an absolutely marvellous and wonderful and beautiful 1920s/30s/40s danceband-style ukulele-playing songstress (that’s her on the cover), and came to not only be her roadie but creep out of my shell to join her in duets, tell jokes to blameless strangers and generally make even more of a fool of myself. Thus, the overall sense of crazy discovery and confusion is complete. In the end it magically bears witness to the great transformative powers of love and self-belief.”

Extract from The Unmaking of a Britflick

Woke in Lynda’s parents’ bungalow at Goring-by-Sea to a new year fraught with possibilities. Watched the Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner from the Alan Sillitoe book. He tells in the foreword how he saw a jogger through the window, and the title came before the story did. I’ve enjoyed the break, but feel like the captain of a sinking ship who would rather be on the bridge pretending to steer than out on deck screaming while it goes down.

 

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