Books & Films


Here are the books and films I have ploughed my way through since starting the course. Those in Italics were required reading or viewing. Those with * I’ve seen before and those with ** I own.


The squid and the whale

mildred pierce (tv)

mystic river*



bridehead revisted

the box

little miss sunshine **


the ugly truth

twilight: eclipse

twin peaks 2nd season (tv)

last night

the devil’s whore (tv)

frozen river

guillermo del toro collection

sopranos series 1 (tv)

The Fighter

We Are What We Are

the guard

Super 8

Cowboys and Aliens

Sarah’s key

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Bad Teacher


Mr. Nice


Blue Valentine

Chalet Girl


Attack the Block

Animal Kingdom


Tomorrow, When the War Began

Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, The


Point Blank

How Do You Know


The Whistleblower

My Big Fat Greek Wedding*

Erin Brokovich **

Scream 4

This Is England

Magnolia *

Midnight In Paris

The Debt

Troll Hunter

The Sixth Sense*

Shutter Island**

Kill List


The Woman In Black

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Twilight saga: breaking dawn

Harry potter and Deathly Hallows 2


kick ass

casino royale

the woman in black


The Help

The Sixth Sense


stoning mary – debbie tucker green

blasted – Sarah Kane

street trilogy – Chris O’Connell

urban girl’s guide to camping and other plays – Fin Kennedy

amadeus – Peter Shaffer

romeo and juliet – Shakespeare

plays 4 – David Mamet

the great game, afghanistan: short plays

that face – Polly Steinham

white boy  – Tanika Gupta

gladiator games – Tanika Gupta

plays 2  – Caryl Churchill

death and the maiden – Ariel Dorfman

Equus – Peter Shaffer

the crucible – Arthur Miller

ruined – Lynn Nottage

endgame – Samuel Beckett


contemporary british drama – David Lane

witchfinders: a eventeenth-century English tragedy – Malcolm Gaskill

the elements of playwrighting –  Louis Catron

rewriting the nation: british theatre today -Alex Sierz

brokeback mountain: story to screenplay – Annie Proulx

Writing For Radio – Shaun MacLoughlin

making a good writer great – Linda Seger

youth in crisis: gangs, terrioriality and violence -Barry Goldson

shakespeare and sexuality – Catherine M. S. Alexander, Stanley W. Wells

naked playwriting: the art, the craft and the life laid bare – William Missouri Downs

stress, trauma and children’s memory development – Mark L Howe

William Shakespeare writing for performance –  John Russell

understanding youth and crime – listening to youth – Sheila Brown

gangs,marginalised youth and social capital – Ross Deuchar

screenplay: the foundations of screenwriting – Syd Field**

the playwright’s survival guide – Gary Garrison

three uses of the knife –  David Mamet

the playwright’s guidebook – Stuart Spencer

the secret life of plays – Steve Waters

the crafty art of playmaking – Alan Ayckbourne

Childhood in crisis – Phil Scraton

youth, crime and justice: public opinion – Mike Hough


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