I’ve always been fascinated by stories.

  

When I was small it was The Chronicles Of Narnia, Matilda, The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine. Those books were magical to me, transporting me to another world.

  

As a teenager I fell in love with Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Wuthering Heights. I read them, re-read them, wrote about them, dissected them and still I loved them.

  

Around this time I began watching The X-Files on repeat. I was captivated by the 45 minute monster tales, introduced, explored and wrapped up all within a single episode. How did the screenwriters compose a story? How was the show’s renowned mythology woven throughout the season? The idea of ‘story’ became something more than just ‘plot’. It was character, theme, technique.

  

At 21 I discovered cinema. Of course I’d seen plenty of movies before. Jurassic Park (1993), Tremors (1990), Jason And The Argonauts (1963), The Vikings (1958), Labyrinth (1986) and The Haunting Of Hill House (1963), all made their impression on me as I grew up. But when my University cinema showed a succession of compelling, intelligent films beginning with Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers and Vadim Perleman’s The House Of Sand And Fog I was transfixed. I began to see cinema differently. I became fascinated by the methods film-makers used to tell their stories, the interaction between screenwriting and direction, and the concept of the autuer.

  

When I started this blog it was a place to share my film writing – my reviews penned for local newspapers, websites and other print publications. Since then I’ve taken a break to work on a book about visual storytelling and, moving forward into 2019, I’d like to revisit some of those ideas about storytelling that first captivated me. Here on the blog I’ll be taking a closer look at screenwriters, deciphering film themes and exploring the techniques that bring them to life.

  

I’ll keep on sharing links to my latest reviews and features too. And if you’d like me to write for you, you can contact me here.

  

Welcome to Writer Loves Movies. I hope you enjoy reading, please feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments boxes and start a conversation.

  

Natalie Stendall
Freelance writer based in the West Midlands, UK.

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