Severance news! Yes! 3 years later, and I'm still getting mileage out of it! It will be shown on actual proper TV here in the UK, this Friday 24th, at 11.45pm, on BBC1. That's prime time... for horror movies. If you pick up the current issue of the Radio Times (18-24 April, with Ashes to Ashes on the cover), it's Film of the Day for Friday, with a lovely review, and a very nice article all about it and the resurgence of British horror.
Just a shame there wasn't any space to mention who wrote the movie.
Yes, yes, I know that's how it is in "the business", writers are always left out, you should get used to it, blah blah blah. But that doesn't mean I have to bend over and take it, every single time. I constantly have to put myself out there, and so should all writers, so that people know that it isn't cool. Hence this post.
And I'm not blaming the writer of the article - maybe he did actually mention me, but had it trimmed out after he submitted it (which is also why I'm not naming him, this isn't an attack on him). But this is the Radio Times. They always list the writers of TV shows. But not, apparently, movies. Even the Film of the Day, which gets a big article all about it. Plenty of room to mention the directors, they always get a listing at the bottom. But never the writers.
Sure, it's a collaborative medium. But as the saying goes, "where were you when the page was blank?" You'd think that the person who made up the story out of their head FROM NOTHING might warrant a brief name check. I spent over 3 years of my life working on the movie. A full year writing over 20 drafts, by myself, figuring it all out and sweating blood onto the page, while also working a dayjob in an office full time, 5 days a week. You can look back over the blog, and see how long I was writing it, back before I knew anybody would ever buy it. Then when it sold, I did 2 drafts for the film company, addressing their notes. Then 2 more drafts once the director and producer came on board. Then finally, me and the director worked on it together for several months (which is why there's a shared credit). I wrote alternate versions of some scenes, did a full draft of the corporate video all by itself so there would be plenty of audio to play in the background of the bus scene, even wrote several extras for the DVD. I pimp it mercilessly at the drop of a hat, I've been to festivals to promote it, was part of the DVD commentary, and in the other special features. But apparently, I don't exist, because I didn't direct it.
Of course, I don't sit around desperately hoping my name is mentioned in TV listings magazines. I realise that in the great scheme of things, it's not exactly genocide. And yes, I'm very fortunate to be doing what I do, and blimey wouldn't it be great if that was all we had to worry about, ooh I wasn't mentioned in the Radio Times, I wish I had your problems, etc etc. I'm very aware of all that. And I'm not fishing for sympathy or compliments. It's a very nice, positive, complimentary review, which is lovely.
But I worked my arse off on that script, for YEARS. Would it fucking KILL you, if you're mentioning people involved, to mention the person without whom it would never have existed in the first place?