The Olive Sisters – Update

fred-1Over the last couple of years I’ve had the privilege of working on the screenplay for The Olive Sisters with the internationally admired and hugely talented Australian director Fred Schepisi. Over the last seven years I’ve written and rewritten this script but the last couple of years under Fred’s direction have been quite a learning curve for me and taken the script to a new level.
The Olive Sisters
Setting a novel on two different time frames is an absolute doddle compared to trying to turn that into imagery. It’s incredibly complex working out how the two stories intertwine and support each other and in what order the revelations should appear.
 The Olive Sisters
While my first love is – and always will be – the novel, working on a script for a visual medium where the entire story has to be delivered in around 110 pages has been a real education in structure, stage management and brevity. I can really feel the difference in my writing now that I’m back working on a new novel.
The Olive Sisters

Walking the Way

Image 4Earlier this year I took some time out to walk the Camino de Santiago. Starting from Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port in France and finishing in Santiago de Compostela in the far west of Spain – 800 kilometres over 40 days.

I spent a lot of time thinking.

Sometimes the same thoughts on repeat but, if nothing else, this is an exercise in meeting yourself. Walking with a backpack and the bare necessities, setting out each day with an open mind – whatever the weather – cannot fail to reinforce what is truly important for each and every person who undertakes this journey. In many ways it’s the same process as writing a novel, step by step, word by word. To see it through you need to have faith – not in a higher being – but in yourself.

You can follow my journey HERE