We’re all here because we love books! You’re reading this because you read books, but every once in awhile we need a break from them, and that normally means that we pop in a film. So if you want to watch a movie, but you don’t want to stray too far from the world of books, here is a list of 5 Independent films about writers, authors, and maybe even a poet.
1. Ruby Sparks
This 2012 film, written by Zoe Kazan (who also stars as Ruby Sparks) speaks about the power of an author’s mind. The movie is about Calvin, (Paul Dano) a writer who discovers that he can create his perfect woman by writing her. It’s never clear how Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan) is able to manifest herself into reality, but that’s not quite the point. Ruby Sparks is a commentary on having control over something you’ve created, and what that can feel like, with both the good and the bad. It takes a bit of a dark turn, but it’s mostly some morality issues and creative questions wrapped in a quirky romance.
2. Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen’s 2011 film is every book lovers dream. The cast of characters includes: F. Scott Fitzgerald (and his wife Zelda), Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and T.S. Elliot. Not to mention other creatives of the 1920’s like Cole Porter and Salvador Dali. It’s the story of a writer named Gil (Owen Wilson) who heads to Paris with his stuck up, bride-to-be, Inez (Rachel McAdams) and her family. While wandering the streets, Gil is transported back to the 1920’s and hangs out with the literary wonders of a bygone era. Midnight in Paris is as whimsical as they come, and doesn’t lack inspiration either.
3. Not Another Happy Ending
If you’re ready for a good laugh, look no further than John McKay’s 2013 comedy, Not Another Happy Ending. This endearing film, set in Scotland, is the story of author, Jane Lockhart (Karen Gillan) who reaches fame for her debut novel, which stemmed from the sadness of her own soul. Now, she’s working on book two and she’s happy as can be, thus creating the worst case of writer’s block she’s ever experienced. So her publisher Tom, (Stanley Weber) goes to some pretty extreme measures to make sure she gets sad enough to finish her book, because if she doesn’t write it, it will mean failure for them both. Not Another Happy Ending is a romantic comedy, although it still has a strong emphasis on the writing process, and some extreme tips on how to end writer’s block.
4. Bright Star
This 2009 film by Jane Campion is ridiculously beautiful to watch. It tells the heartbreaking true story of poet John Keats’ (Ben Whishaw) three year romance with the love of his life, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). It’s a slow burn romance that will leave you reeling as it builds and grows. Plus, every single shot in Bright Star is perfectly framed and it’s such a work of art in and of itself, that it can’t be missed.
If you like French cinema, make sure to add Regis Roinsard’s 2012 film Populaire to your list. Though this movie isn’t about a writer in the normal sense, it still deserves a spot on the list. The story takes place in a small French town in 1958, where Rose (Deborah Francois) gets a job as a secretary for Louis (Romain Duris). She’s terrible at it, but Louis realizes that Rose is the fastest typographer he’s ever seen, and with the right training, she could be winning competitions. Also, if he plays his cards right, she could become the fastest girl in the world. Populaire is a darling tale of a small town girl and the man who believed in her enough to make a difference.
I hope you enjoy this list and that you have some brilliant new films to watch. What are some of your favorite films that feature a writer as the lead?
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