Charlie Tarabour

Wadjda: Groundbreaking Saudi Filmmaking

Wadjda: Groundbreaking Saudi Filmmaking

Haifaa Al Mansour starts a dialogue between Saudi and the world.

By Charlie Tarabour The significance of Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda cannot be understated. Not only is it the first feature film shot entirely within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but the first major narrative feature directed by a Saudi female. And indeed the film is a bold, projecting debut from a country with particularly restrictive […]

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Todd Berger on Rewriting

The value in re-doing your screenplay until it is right

by Charlie Tarabour Writing is rewriting, they say. Pure, original thought makes up a small minority of the time spent screenwriting. It’s mostly molding and forming and re-molding and re-forming until satisfied. First drafts are never satisfactory, especially to the writer. They are Frankenstein’s monsters, lacking purpose and riddled with visible stitches and inconsistencies. The […]