Emma Thompson. She’s a definite acting fave of mine. She can be oh so serious (Howard’s End, for one), funny (Much Ado About Nothing), surprising (Stranger Than Fiction), and even silly (Nanny McPhee). Did you know she can also write?
I found her book at the library when I was checking out all the different movie versions of Sense and Sensibility. I knew she had written the screenplay for the 1995 adaptation, but I didn’t know I could read it.
Here are some takeaways from reading her book:
- it took about 15 years to actually get SandS made into a movie
- Emma Thompson worked on the script over four years
- reading a screenplay script is not as easy as it seems
- although it’s fun to read all the stage directions (Elinor takes his hands gratefully)
- it’s fascinating to read the story broken down into bits and pieces
- I “watched” the movie as I read the script
- I better understood each character having to focus on each of his or her lines
- I would like to write a screenplay of a novel someday
- Maybe not
That was the first part of the book–the screenplay. The second part dealt with Emma Thompson’s diaries while making the movie. As a writer and an actress it gave her a lot to write about. My biggest takeaway from reading her diary?
- Acting is not as glamorous as it looks
I highly recommend reading Emma’s book if you like to learn more about what makes a favorite movie tick, and I learned quite a lot about the 1995 version (one of the movie sheep fainted due to getting too hot from not being sheared–they wanted wooly sheep, not naked sheep for the movie). Oh, just a heads up–Emma is, well, kind of open in how she writes. She isn’t one to hold back on how she sees things.
This was an unexpected find and gave me a different insight about Sense and Sensibility.
- Jane Calling: Darcy and Liz Senselessly in Love (veranano.wordpress.com)
- A Tale of Two Nannies (crestiad.com)
- Austen’s Publishing History (reginajeffers.wordpress.com)