This is the best thing in life.
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
For the last three decades many Americans have puzzled over a system that gives an R to a movie in which a women is carved up by a chainsaw and an NC-17 to one that shows a woman sexually pleasured. From such ratings one might conclude that sexual violence against women is OK for American teenagers to see, but that they must be 18 to see consensual sex. What message does this send to the kids the MPAA presumably means to protect?
“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.”
-Ryan Gosling on the controversy around the rating of his film ‘Blue Valentine’
From now until the 1st July (the day I leave for my America trip) I am going to be developing a Television Pilot in response to this incredible opportunity I’ve come across earlier today.
For those who don’t click the link it is basically an Award given out by the people who run the Emmys (the Oscars for TV Shows), encouraging non-American novice writers such as myself to develop themselves in the field of television scriptwriting, something I am extremely interested in. All I have to do is write somewhere between a 30-minute to 60-minute drama script for the board to consider.
If I were to win I would be flown to New York and presented with an award and a prize fund of $2,500. Not only that, my script would also be read out by actors at the festival and I’ll also be invited to the red carpet for this year’s Emmys. Sounds exciting yes?
I have an idea for a TV show, I need to develop a series bible in order to help me craft the pilot script so it can be at the highest standard that they would be looking for out of this group of Novices. I don’t expect to win, but it’ll be amazing enough just to enter and have some of my work read by industry experts.
The timing of this couldn’t have come any better, now to knuckle down and crank out the next Lost or The Wire.