Happy Birthday: David Mamet

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

davidmametDavid Mamet

Born: November 30, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

There’s no such thing as character development; all there is is action.

Working as a screenwriter, I always thought that ‘Film is a collaborative business’ only constituted half of the actual phrase. From a screenwriter’s point-of-view, the correct rendering should be ‘Film is a collaborative business: bend over’.

In my experience, almost every financial interchange with Hollywood ends with an accusation by the corporation of theft. ‘You didn’t do what I wanted, you didn’t work hard enough, you intended to defraud me.’ These are the recurring plaints of industry. They may be translated as: You forgot to work for nothing.

HeistHeist
2001
dir. Mamet
starring
Gene Hackman
Danny DeVito
SPARTANSpartan
2004
dir. Mamet
starring
Val Kilmer
Kristen Bell
RedbeltRedbelt
2008
dir. Mamet
Starring
Chiwetel Ejitofor
Alice Braga

Born in Chicago in 1947, as a young man Mamet was already a…

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