Anne is an experienced script consultant. Described as inspirational by many of her clients, she worked for several years at the BBC and has script edited hundreds of projects for independent production companies in the UK and Europe.
As well as teaching on Euroscript’s residential development workshops in Portugal, France, Spain and Morocco, Anne offers personal mentoring and consultancy and is particularly interested in European projects, character driven stories and adaptations.
She is currently working on her PhD, researching the history and output of BBC Films and their influence on British film culture.
Q. Where do you like to write?
A. Always in cafes, especially when I’m in the early stages of developing a new project. Has to be comfortable, not too crowded or noisy, and with just the right level of background buzz.
Q. Who’s your favourite screenwriter and why?
That’s a tough one and the least I can narrow this down to is three. First off - Billy Wilder and Woody Allen. Their output (as writer/directors and co-writers) is just amazing and includes some of my all time favourite films – The Apartment, Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose. They are masters of the art of combining comedy and tragedy and examining the human condition through wonderful characters and stories. And then I would have to say Emeric Pressburger who (together with Michael Powell) is responsible for some of the best British films ever – The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Black Narcissus.
Oh, and a special mention to Robert Towne for Chinatown and Anthony Minghella for The English Patient.
Q. What’s your most scariest moment in film?
Probably the ending of George Sluizer’s The Vanishing, 1988. (Avoid the American remake at all costs). Truly the stuff that nightmares are made of!
Q. What’s your most memorable action scene?
Actually, it’s something quite low key and if you blinked you would miss it. But the scene I love is in Cavalcanti’s Went the Day Well? The film tells the story of an English village that’s taken over by German paratroopers during WWII and towards the end there’s a moment when, under attack, the lady of the manor picks up a hand-grenade that’s been thrown into the room and quietly goes out with it to save the lives of some children. The explosion takes place off screen and it’s beautifully under-played with no dramatic build up, but utterly in keeping with what that character would do. A brilliant moment in a one-off film.
Q. What’s your favourite film?
A. I guess if I had to pick one it would be Vertigo – a film which is so brilliant and disturbing and never fails to draw me into its world however many times I see it. But also up there amongst my desert island films would definitely be Sideways, Tokyo Story, Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, The Sweet Hereafter, Dean Spanley and The Bicycle Thieves.