Neil Jordan won an Oscar for his script, but only after every studio had turned him down saying his story was uncommercial, offensive and the characters unsympathetic.
If the executives at NBC television had not rejected Michael Mann’s TV pilot LA Takedown, we might never have seen his masterpiece, Heat.
Using The Great War as its canvas, PASSCHENDAELE threads together the stories of three couples; American, English and Irish, weaving their destinies through one of history’s most tumultuous eras.
Belonging to a tradition that dates back to Rebel Without a Cause, Richard Linklater’s early masterpiece also owes some debt of gratitude to Robert Altman.
Steven Benedict is a well-known radio broadcaster, college lecturer, writer, producer, and director of films and documentaries.