Christopher Hawtree

the pillowbook of Christopher Hawtree, writer and Green Party councillor for Central Hove

Feelin’ Hot, Hot… Hot

Cool jazz plays as graphic shapes descend, traverse the screen and form themselves into titles and names while the camera homes in on a long glass window. Etched upon it is the instruction that “pants must be worn at all times”, for this is “Middleton Interactive Learning Centre”; blu-tacked below this there is a piece […]

From The Bran-Tub: Twenty-Four – Peter Viertel

Here is the Times obituary I wrote of Peter Viertel. Peter Viertel: obituary Peter Viertel, dead at 86 – soon after his wife of forty-seven years, Deborah Kerr – was a cosmopolitan screenwriter whose work, often with John Huston, included a first draft of cultish Beat the Devil and a second of The African Queen, […]

From the Bran-Tub: Twenty-Three – Millard Kaufman

Here is the Times obituary I wrote of somebody who not only wrote one of the great screenplays but, in his late-eighties, turned to a distinctive first novel – followed by a second. Co-creator of Mr Magoo, Millard Kaufman gained greater reknown at the age of almost forty when, in three weeks, he wrote the […]

From The Bran-Tub: Twenty-One – Marc Behm

When Marc Behm died a few years ago, this was the only obituary that he received in England. I had been watching Help! and wondered what had become of hime, only to find that he had recently, quietly, died. A distinctive talent: seek him out.

Silence is Golden

It’s on elsewhere of course, but it is more than fitting to go and see The Artist at the Duke of York’s in Brighton. After all, more than a century old, this is a cinema much as it was when silent movies were the stock-in-trade and now, as then, there has been a palpable camaraderie […]

From the Bran Tub: Ten – Chuck Jones

Shortly after I had written this obituary ready for the death of the great animator Chuck Jones, I felt a little awkward as I followed him into the National Film Theatre, where he was giving a talk about his work. Here was I, a premature undertaker. I should have had hat in hand, head bowed. […]

From the Bran Tub: Five – Eric Rohmer

It was with a start that I heard the opening line of Forster’s The Longest Journey quoted during Eric Rohmer’s A Winter’s Tale. The only novel by Forster not to have been filmed, it immediately became the opening of the obituary for the film director which had been on my mind a while. Seek out […]

Eight-Thirty in Brighton

It could have been have been a scene from a Woody Allen movie. In the Duke of York’s lobby before Midnight in Paris, in its auditorium before the lights went down, and in the lobby afterwards, there were people I knew – some of whom knew one another, and all eager to talk about movies. […]

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    Christopher Hawtree is the Green Party Councillor for Central Hove but items are posted here in a personal capacity as an individual.

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