What’s a few men? Sad but gorgeous goodbye from Hunters&Collectors last Friday night at the Enmore. Thanks for a few decades of iconic music to write to. Yes, the Peter Garrett-Jim Moginie cameo was massive, but Talking to a Stranger, This Morning and The Slab were the treasures to have and hold for life. Also great to have one last raucous chant of “YOU DON’T MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I’M A WOMAN ANYMORE!!!” from a chorus of a thousand women and MEN. Thanks you blokes from the garden state. @_hcofficial

What’s a few men? Sad but gorgeous goodbye from Hunters&Collectors last Friday night at the Enmore. Thanks for a few decades of iconic music to write to. Yes, the Peter Garrett-Jim Moginie cameo was massive, but Talking to a Stranger, This Morning and The Slab were the treasures to have and hold for life. Also great to have one last raucous chant of “YOU DON’T MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I’M A WOMAN ANYMORE!!!” from a chorus of a thousand women and MEN. Thanks you blokes from the garden state. @_hcofficial

When Dogs Cry vs Getting the Girl

Question: These books seem to both be the third book in the Cameron Wolfe / Underdogs / Wolfe Brothers Series (#WolfeBooks)… Why do they have different titles? Are they the same book?

AnswerWhen Dogs Cry and Getting the Girl are the same book – but they’re not. The third book of the Wolfe trilogy, I called it When Dogs Cry here in Australia, but once it was accepted by an American publisher, changes were requested.

At the time, I was still desperate to be published internationally and agreed to explore one major change in the book. It was a change that would take it on a different course to arrive at almost an identical ending. I also agreed to look at a possible change of title. 

Basically, in When Dogs Cry, Cameron and Ruben Wolfe remain best of friends throughout. In Getting the Girl, they have a falling out. This does take the book in a different direction, but the final chapter, where Cameron carries Rube home, is essentially the same.

As for the title, I do have regrets about the whole episode, but I don’t spend long on them at all. On the whole, it was a great learning curve. The rewrite helped me see how many options there are available to a writer. I also realised that whilst it was a hugely valuable experience, I would try not to let it happen again.

writing and… FIGHTING: RAGING BULL

Where to begin with Raging Bull, from the stunning opening sequence with De Niro in his leopard pattern bathrobe - skipping, dancing and shadowboxing in the ring to the tune of Mascagni. When I first saw it, I thought he was alone…It was an empty gym he was training in (despite the robe) - it just looks so lonely, and the music creates that cavernous sense of solitude…and then we hear the bell ring, and with it - the crowd. He’s not alone…and then we realise. Yes he is. Despite everything. You’re always alone in the ring.

   It’s how writing is too, I guess, but the bruises don’t always show.

   Weirdly, the other lasting moment I recall time and time again - possibly from yelling at my own kids at the dinner table - is when Joe Pesci threatens his son for misbehaving during dinner: “DO THAT AGAIN AND I’M STABBING YOU WITH MY FORK!”

   And then the colour scenes - the montages of weddings and years passing by. And those circular fight scenes. Creating something like that…they must have felt like they were making dynamite.

Dog+Coffee+Christmas

As Biff Tannen says in Back to the Future II, there’s something very familiar about all this…

While my brindle beast recovers from his busted knee this Christmas (and lies around eyeing my coffee when he’s supposedly checking my work), we hope you all have a great holiday period, and a 2014 to remember. We’ll be reading and writing, watching movies, recalling better days with an old sparring partner (see below), and turning the hose on children in the Sydney Christmas sun.

We also want to thank all the people who’ve sent messages this year – about books & reading & writing…and everything in between. As I’ve said a few times, I’m the luckiest writer in the world to have readers like you. As for this dog here, he’s just lucky.

As we say down here, have a great Chrissy and see you in 2014.

mz 

Sydney Story Factory and The Book Thief

January 9: SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE BOOK THIEF FOR THE SYDNEY STORY FACTORY

I’m really proud to be a supporter of the good people at Sydney Story Factory, who are connecting kids in the city with books and their own stories. The Book Thief - as a novel - wouldn’t have existed without people sharing stories, which were then transformed by imagination. To support the Sydney Story Factory's great work in that pursuit, I'm really happy to be part of this event on January 9 - the evening the film comes out in Australia.
If it turns out you have a chance to come along, I’ll see you there. Can’t wait for a few tough questions from you in the Q&A afterwards!
Thank you, Sydney - Markus

thebookthiefmovie:

The amazing Emily Watson, who plays Rosa Hubermann in The Book Thief, is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role at this year’s Satellite Awards. 

Congratulations to the exquisite Emily Watson for her nomination in the Satellite Awards…It’s hard to pinpoint a favourite part in her performance as Rosa, but her final stare at Liesel’s school teacher is my nomination for favourite moment of the film…

thebookthiefmovie:

The amazing Emily Watson, who plays Rosa Hubermann in The Book Thief, is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role at this year’s Satellite Awards.

Congratulations to the exquisite Emily Watson for her nomination in the Satellite Awards…It’s hard to pinpoint a favourite part in her performance as Rosa, but her final stare at Liesel’s school teacher is my nomination for favourite moment of the film…

thebookthiefmovie:

Congratulations to the incredible Sophie Nélisse on winning the Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in The Book Thief at the Satellite Awards this year!

Nothing but deserved congratulations to the one and only Sophie Nelisse - From Montreal to 33 Himmel Street and back again, she’s earned all that comes her way.

thebookthiefmovie:

Congratulations to the incredible Sophie Nélisse on winning the Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in The Book Thief at the Satellite Awards this year!

Nothing but deserved congratulations to the one and only Sophie Nelisse - From Montreal to 33 Himmel Street and back again, she’s earned all that comes her way.

Story Of A Broken Dog.

As soon as I came home from America after the release of The Book Thief movie, I found my big, brindle brute of a dog was limping, and I’d seen that limp before, on his other troublesome back leg. I knew he’d done his cruciate ligament, and needed what we commonly refer to around here as the chainsaw…

Sure enough, he got the X-ray.

He’s had the operation – and now I sit here, with my trusty companion behind me, in a cage, to keep him from moving too much, or hardly at all, to make a full recovery.

I guess, in the end, there are books and films and reviews and noise. The highs are all magnificent. The lows will keep the curtains closed.

Soon, though, we get back to work, which for the dog is sleep and rest – and for me it’s carrying him up and down the stairs. It’s building him a lawn up here, beside my office…and keeping him close, while I try, again and again, to write a book.

It’s beautiful surprises like this along the way that has made the ride of The Book Thief movie such a memorable thing. What a job done by these great craftsmen. And what a location for a little free library. It’s perfect…Watch as Little Free Library teams up with The Book Thief, B__REEL, 826LA and 826NYC to provide free book exchanges.