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I don't particularly like the idea that there's an arc to the story and that therefore in this scene you have to convey this bit of information or emotion. I like more the feeling that, of course, there is a shape to the story, but that each scene should feel right, should be true at that moment, and that gradually you accumulate these moments of truth until you get enough of them together that ...
His former partner Sabrina Broadbent wrote a novel, "Descent", which "The Manchester Guardian" describes as "closely based on their life together. Or rather, not together, because the husband in the book is understood to be a workaholic film director who keeps disappearing in pursuit of interesting projects". ("A Winterbottom's Tale", February 1, 2004)