Happy Friday! How about a few movie recommendations to start the weekend? Being a writer AND a film-lover, I’m always interested when I hear about a movie whose main character is a writer. Sometimes the movie is about a famous writer, like Shakespeare (Shakespeare In Love or Anonymous) or Virginia Woolf (The Hours) or Jane Austen (Becoming Jane). Sometimes the main character being a writer isn’t central to the plot(like in Limitless or Stuck In Love). But what I really like is when the movie is about a writer and the writing process. Here are my top 5 in this latter category:
5) The Words (2012)
It’s an American movie about a young and unsuccessful author who discovers an old manuscript and decides to publish it as his own. Success follows, until he is confronted by an old man, who claims to have written and lost the manuscript. An interesting take on plagiarism and originality in fiction.
4) Swimming Pool (2003)
It’s a French-British thriller about a British crime novelist who spends a summer in Southern France to work on her next book. But the arrival of her publisher’s daughter blurs the line between fiction and reality and creates complications – maybe even a crime. A great movie about the creative process.
3) Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
It’s an American movie about an IRS official who discovers he is, in fact, a character in a novel and that his writer has decided to kill him. A very clever and fun plot.
2) Midnight In Paris (2011)
It’s an American movie about a Hollywood screenwriter writing his first novel while on vacation in Paris. As he struggles with writer’s block, he gets drunk and lost in the back streets of Paris. At midnight, he finds himslef in 1920s Paris where he meets Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway, and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald among others. A wonderful movie about inspiration and creativity, and a love letter to Paris.
1) Angel (2007)
It’s a French-British film about the rise and fall of a romance writer in the early 20th Century. And it’s amazing. I can only urge you to watch it.
What about you? What are your favourite movies about writers? Feel free to leave us a comment below!