Sophia Al-Maria

Virgin with a Memory: The Exhibition Tie-in

‘He couldn’t scream…but he gurgled.’

It all seemed too good to be true that sunny afternoon on the deck of a yacht at the Cannes Film Festival. ‘We loved the script!’ The tycoon said. My project was a violent rape-revenge picture set in Egypt.

So I was surprised. ‘You’re going to get to make your movie.’ They promised.

And I believed them…

Composed of the novelisation of the script for Sophia Al-Maria’s unmade feature film Beretta, this book is composed of a cornucopia of material including emails, budgets, kit-lists, schedules, sketches, storyboards, headshots and excerpts from the script all illustrating what can happen when a young filmmaker’s creative process comes into contact with the crushing forces of politics and money.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Sophia Al-Maria: Virgin With A Memory at Cornerhouse, Manchester, 6 September – 2 November 2014.

Published with The Third Line

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