As a child growing up in a grey-skied Yorkshire village, I would occasionally happen upon a Bollywood movie on the television. After a few minutes watching a bunch of sari-clad dancers cavorting on a Swiss mountain to tuneless music, I would switch over to some proper drama about housing estates and single mothers.— Simon Beaufoy
The most charming Simon Beaufoy quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
I'm very lucky. I actually like screenwriting. I rarely feel a sense of doom going to my desk.
India is desperately romantic, utterly unashamed of its sentimentality, its generosity, its fierce pride and massive heart.
What's important in the filmmaking process has stayed the same.
Keep it small, keep it personal, keep it authentic, work with people you like and trust. That process is much longer than the filmmaking process. The development process is a long one, so try and say something of importance.
They say crying makes the heart lighter
Real life is messy, and drama is a shaped version of real life.
One doesn’t question a miracle.
Keep your central character moving, discovering, learning.
I guess my approach to adapting books is to treat them with a deep respect on one level and at another level part them to one side and go, 'I'm doing something completely different here.'
There isnt a more important issue in the world than global warming.
Even the Cold War and the Bay of Pigs crisis were a notional threat.
When you make a movie, a dramatization based on the real experience of a living subject, you cant airbrush that away into to a perfect movie arc.
I learned to stop being English about things like love.
If you make a film in England about love, it's hugely complicated. It's all about saying what the weather is like, and you're secretly telling someone you love them. You know what the English are like; they're very repressed people. You don't get that in India. India is incredibly un-cynical about love. It's a not a complicated thing. It's me, you, love. Let's go.
For me, as a writer who comes from quite a naturalistic tradition, British screenwriting is quite delicate, quite small, and rarified in a way.