Killing Amy – The Official Shoot Diary Now Available

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David Maguire on the set of killing Amy

By David Maguire

FADE IN:

In the beginning there was light. Then camera. And… action!

Our tale begins in Orpington, Engerland, 1978. After nine months of eager anticipation, a man child is born. The baby will grow up to change the world of film making, to revolutionise the cinema with a unique approach to movies. Like Orson Welles, this auteur will live forever, immortalised in celluloid, a yardstick for a whole new breed of directors who will follow in his footsteps.

Meanwhile, two doors up, Rob Smith is born.

Convinced that only a miracle will ensure their son’s entry into cinema, the Smiths add the words ‘St John’ to his name – the patron saint of feature films that take nine years to make but yet still don’t see the light of day.

Twenty-one years later, revered New Jersey director Kevin Smith makes the highly acclaimed bittersweet comedy ‘Chasing Amy’. It is a universal success – which is surprising for something with Ben Affleck in. Inspired by the film, and always on the look out for innovative, original ideas, Robert St-John Smith decides to write his own magnum opus, Killing – that’s ‘Killing’, not ‘Chasing’ – Killing Amy. He can barely fit the entire script on the back of the postage stamp he’s using.

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