Hmmm…well, I mean, isn’t everything autobiographical? I mean, we all see the world through our own tiny keyhole, right? I always think of Thomas Wolfe, you know, have you ever seen that little one page note to reader in the front of “Look Homeward, Angel,” right, you know what I’m talking about? Anyway, he says that we are the sum of all the moments of our lives, and that anybody who sits down to write is gonna use the clay of their own life, that you can’t avoid that. So when I look at my own life, you know, I have to admit, right…that I’ve never been around a bunch of guns, or violence. You know, not really. No political intrigue or, helicopter crash, right?
But my life, from my own point of view, has been full of drama. And so I thought that if I could write a book that…that could capture what it’s like to really meet somebody. I mean one of the most exciting things that’s ever happened to me is to really meet somebody, make that connection, and if I could…make that valuable, to capture that, that would be the attempt or…Did I answer your question?
Best answered by Jessie (Before Sunset)
It dawned on me on the train home from work that I’m too focused on one aspect of the script: one persons journey through a breakup and their pursuit of happiness. Although this is the core idea of the script, I must not forget that it is usually the environment and the people around you, that are a great influence on the grieving process.
After studying the behaviour of someone who has had their heart ripped out and is trying to get back on the road to recovery and trying to take his/her first steps in the single world and thus discovering oneself blah blah blah..
I discovered its what other people have experienced and what they project onto you. How much are we influenced about other peoples experiences.
And so it starts, an idea, a memory, a picture in my head. Two years ago I left my job, my flat, my comforts and my inhibitions in London and went looking for adventure or to just get lost is a place unknown. I wanted to disappear from the world and be surrounded by the unfamiliar. That’s what took me to Granada and from the very first few hours of landing, things changed.
Two years later its the end of another crappy summer and I’ve been back to Granada at least 6 times since my first trip. In the last couple of months I have met up with many of my mates from Spain. Sitting around talking about the highs and what made that time special. Maybe it was the place, the people, friends or the combination of chupitos, girls and many bottles of vodka. Whatever it was, it was a moment – a moment where time stood still and we had no worries.
Some people say you can’t capture it, that it can’t be done and so why do it?
Why.. because I have a story to tell, a film to show and a moment to capture.