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Odds and Sods (Paperback)

Lawrence Gray

ISBN 10: 9888227165 / ISBN 13: 9789888227167
Edité par Proverse Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2013
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Titre : Odds and Sods (Paperback)

Éditeur : Proverse Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Date d'édition : 2013

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre :New

Edition : 1st.

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Lawrence Gray's short stories and texts were written as the antidote to his screenwriting. The story, 'The One Legged Rickshaw Boy' illustrates his view of the absurdities of the film and TV world. And so in ODDS AND SODS he allows himself to have fun with words alone. Characters in this world change their lives as if they are changing their clothes. They view reality as a shifting negotiation between moments of insanity. And when they want to fly, they take flight without reference to budgets. He buries the conventions of one form of writing within those of another. French farce clashes with Chinese opera. Science fiction translates into Chinese fairy tales. Sitcom meets Shakespeare. And the lyrics of Blues songs create narratives for the lives of those attempting to recreate them musically. Literary greats turn up as bit-part players. Samuel Taylor Coleridge mingles with Punjabi Rap artists. Tang Xianzu of the Ming Dynasty bumps into George Feydeau. Antonin Artaud has a walk-on part, and if one wants to look, one can find Julian of Norwich, medieval mystic, stealing pencils in the dark. In Gray's final piece, he gives a stimulating and unusual view of Hong Kong's chequered history.

About the Author:

LAWRENCE GRAY was born and educated in the UK and took BA honours in Economics and Politics from Leeds University. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1993. Gray founded the London Screenwriters' Workshop, which became Europe's largest screenwriters' organisation before evolving into the many UK screenwriting organisations and courses which are now part of the UK cultural environment. In Hong Kong he founded the Hong Kong Writers' Circle and chaired the group for twenty years, publishing many collections of stories from a wide variety of Hong Kong writers. Gray has taught screenwriting in various cities around the world, and was one of the first to professionalize the industry. He has written, produced and directed a number of films in both English and Cantonese, and has worked on numerous screenplays for various film projects from India, to China to Hollywood. He has won the PAWS award for drama and the Hong Kong Film Finance Forum's award for best Hong Kong film project of the year. He is currently directing a feature film. He has worked as a television scriptwriter in each of the UK and Singapore, contributing episodes to popular TV series. As a writer of prose he relishes the nuances of his own northern English culture and the subtle twists that many years in Hong Kong have produced; but fears that the very things that make his topics interesting to those who experience such cultural displacement make it less accessible to the wider world; hence his persistence in writing screenplays and now in directing feature films aiming to break down this resistance. The world is more united than ever and whereas he has little faith in the concept of universal stories, he does have faith that all stories, presented well, can within the context of modern technology gain at least widespread, if not universal, recognition and appreciation.

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