- I'm not bad at pitching! Plus practice makes perfect.
- A load of useful people's names and email addresses.
- What isn't working in my loglines.
- That the ideas I currently only have treatments for are viable and that I should go ahead and write the scripts. This alone was great to establish as there's nothing worse than blindly writing a script without knowing if there's a market for it.
Saw an Irish film called Our Wonderful Home tonight at the IFI as part of the festival. It's the most depressing film I've ever seen - even beats Hotel Rwanda. A guy called Ivan Kavanagh wrote, directed and edited it, which I would question because it seems to me that he lost any objectivity by going that route. Overall it was well-acted but not remotely entertaining - I'd never watch it again and wouldn't imagine that it's going to do well at the box office. It provides the most disheartening view of Dublin - and Ireland - that I've ever seen and I didn't give a shit about any of the characters. If they'd all died in a spectacular nuclear apocalypse and come back to life as robots about halfway through that would at least have cheered me up...
Then I ran from the Q&A with everyone saying the same thing politely ("it's very depressing, though, isn't it?) to Mise Eire, which as my viewing companion pointed out, is very historically interesting but contains far too many funerals. Plus it stops right before the War of Independence, which surely cut out a lot of the most compelling stuff? Nonetheless, I did spend some time looking for my great-grandad, who allegedly appears in the movie at some point but had no luck. All the men looked the same in their hats and the old footage wasn't the best in terms of picture quality (surprising that!).
Ah, Irish movies. Can't beat em, can't get one made...