‘Could we put it under Woody Allen?’

28 07 2011

The shopkeeper asked me, ‘where do I put this damn book?’

‘On the shelf,’ I responded cheekily.

He looked at me as if he could think of some place else he could put it.

I said as if apologizing, ‘under fiction.’

‘But its poetry,’ he said.

‘Well, okay. Under poetry.’ I reluctantly conceded. No one buys books in the poetry section. I was hoping to put it under Romance Novels.

And thats my problem. The title makes it sound like its a technical manual. Its supposed to be a satire on BBC television documentaries. So its about television. Except that it gets reviewed under movies. And movie reviewers object to its structure. Back and forth between story and commentary.

I shrug my shoulders.

‘Could we put it under Woody Allen?’

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‘The magic of film is recreated, taken apart, examined and lovingly satirized in an unusual work of fiction. David Halliday imagines a BBC documentary about ‘the well known Canadian film maker Samuel Bremmer’. We see moments of the films themselves; we hear the words of the actors, the designers and the commentary of the director, Samuel Bremmer. The illusion of film, and how it is created against a backdrop of money problems, personality clashes, jealousies, ambitions, love and vanity. Originally published by Press Porcepic.’