Easy Rider Will Tell You Something About Subtext

Easy Rider shows how subtext is not what most teachers and gurus tell you it is. Many mistake subtext with non-verbal communication. It is true that most of our communication is non-verbal, but when you can write this well, it doesn’t mean you master subtext. I believe we need to re-think the oversimplified secrets-and-lies approach to subtext. Robert McKee … Read more

5 Big Things To Sweat About

I’m sure you’ve all heard this inspiring set of rules before: 1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. 2. It’s all small stuff. The truth of the matter, however, is that when it comes to screenwriting, that message couldn’t be further from the truth. While the devil may be in the details, your script lives or … Read more

[Video]: Screenwriter-Director Josh Radnor talks about Liberal Arts


Writer/director Josh Radnor is most recognisable as Ted Moseby in How I Met Your Mother) but he’s more than a pretty face, as he proves with his second film, Liberal Arts. It premiered and won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. But does he also have anything meaningful to say? If you liked … Read more

How Australian Films Could Be More Universal (2/2)

Australian feature film stories are too parochial.  I have already written about how our stories could be made more original and more substantive.  Today I will advance why our stories need to be universal as well. by Steven Fernandez A second story concept about racism could be set in a contemporary urban setting. Suppose we have … Read more