Friday 11 September 2009

New publication on Lindsay Anderson

Isabelle Gourdin-Sangouard, my colleague on 'The Cinema Authorship of Lindsay Anderson' project has just had a very interesting article published in a new journal, 'Journal of Screenwriting'. The article 'Creating Authorship? Lindsay Anderson and David Sherwin’s collaboration on If.... (1968)' discusses the working relationship between Lindsay Anderson and David Sherwin. I've included the abstract below:

This article draws upon the research currently undertaken for my doctoral thesis and is meant to act as a complementary study of Lindsay Anderson and David Sherwin’s partnership on If…. (1968), following Charles Drazin’s 2008 article for the Journal of British Cinema and Television, ‘If… before If…’. Charles Drazin (2008: 318) highlights the idea of a ‘creative dynamic’ underlying the working partnership between Lindsay Anderson and David Sherwin on If…., as well as in the subsequent projects they developed together. The following article aims to uncover the nature of the creative dynamic suggested by Drazin’s article by looking at both the personal and the artistic dimensions that the working relationship assumed. The aim is to highlight the distinctiveness of their collaboration in the cinema; the article will show that in the course of this collaborative work they realized their artistic potential through an exchange of expertise, and that their collaboration helped to bring about an alternative approach to the conventional opposition between screenwriter and director, especially when it comes to claiming authorship over a film.

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