The Little Prince Cinema in partnership with JKW Edits present Wednesday Night at the Movies! Every Wednesday at 7:30pm will feature one of four curated films, each with a live introduction, and a Q&A in the lobby with Julie, the editor from JKW Edits. September’s theme is Stop the Presses! Editing & Journalism in Film. Come and join the fun!
With the rise of AI technology, now more than ever it’s vital to understand the value of writing and how much writing is a part of our lives. Good writing doesn’t just make a good novel. Good writing makes good reporting. Good writing makes a good marketing campaign. Good writing makes a good play. Good writing makes a good film.
In September, we hope to turn the spotlight on writing as a career via journalism and on writing as an essential building block to a great movie. We’ve chosen films where writing shines in the screenplay and where journalistic writing forms the backbone of the plot.
Why film? Because all finished writing is a collaboration — and film is the ultimate collaborative art. When you’re self-publishing a book, you might be working with just a cover artist, beta reader, and a printer — but it still requires collaboration. A film can require hundreds of people to bring it from a script to its final art form. A newspaper goes through editors, proofreading, typesetting, and printing.
As an editor, I believe in great writing of all forms — and I truly admire the incredible things that can be made when creative people work together!
Every Wednesday night in September at 7:30pm at the Little Prince Micro-Cinema
62 Wellington St., Stratford, ON
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was directed by Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame) and released in May 1998. It stars Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson and Benicio Del Toro as his lawyer, tracing their actions as they take a road trip to Las Vegas, supposedly to cover a motorcycle race for a sports magazine. Instead Thompson uses his advance to buy drugs and the weekend becomes a descent into the depths of self destruction as well as just destruction in general.
His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday is based on the play The Front Page written in 1928 by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. His Girl Friday is perhaps the essential example of the entire genre of screwball comedy. Everything moves fast and the jokes are delivered as a combination of wit and physical humour. It’s an important film for many reasons, one of which being it features a female reporter in a distinctly male-dominated workplace.
The Sweet Smell of Success
Released in 1957, Sweet Smell of Success is typically categorized as a film noir drama and was shot on location in New York City. You can really see the noir in the way the cinematography uses shadows and light to breathtaking effect. The darkness emphasizes the darkness of the storyline in which a press agent played by Tony Curtis goes to any and all depths in order to get ahead in his career and impress an influential columnist played to perfection by Burt Lancaster.
Directed by Sidney Lumet and written by Paddy Chayefsky, Network is a very dark satirical comedy about the rise of television and the war between getting ratings and staying journalistically accountable. The fiction television network UBS is struggling to cope with declining viewership and so a programming chief decides to take the nightly news and turn it into something that will get more people watching. At any cost.