Mindy's Movie Reviews

A blog that went from discussing about the writing life to reviews of movies

Inspirational Writer - David Seidler

David Seidler you might have heard of him before. If you click on his name you will find an article about how this man, at the age of 73, won his first ever Oscar for writing The King's Speech.

Reading the article alone is inspiration in itself, especially when you read his life story.

My favourite quote from the article is, "Too many of the young writers haven't lived any kind of a life but film school and watching TV and movies," he says. "They're very good at their craft, but they don't have much life experience to back it up. I came at it the other way."

As a young writer I agree with that statement. I'm a movie hog. Most of my free time is spent watching one movie or another, but it does not give me near the amount of experience to write something as marvelous as the King Speech. (If you have not seen the movie, I urge you to see it. It's a simple story line but the message of over coming your biggest obstacles, makes it worth while to watch along with Colin Firth's amazing acting abilities)

What I found to be quite motivating in this article, is in the writing community it does not matter how old you are. Some industries once you become a certain age, you're basically done. Not in this case. You could write your heart out and become successful at the age of twenty five or eighty five. It does not matter what so ever. I just love the writing community!

For You:

Have you seen The King's Speech? If so what did you think of it?
Do you believe age a factor in the writing community?


SantaMonicaDee March 16, 2011 at 1:20 AM  

Hello Mindy, I'm surprised to be the first to leave a comment. You asked a provocative question. I've seen "The King's Speech" and think Mr. Seidler's magnificent script reflects his life experience as well as his life's challenge. He waited decades to release his work (originally a play) out of deference to the Queen Mother. I'd like to ask Mr. Seidler if he thinks waiting all those years was a help, hinderance or made no difference.