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Excited for September

I’m thrilled to have achieved a first-class grade for my dissertation An examination of superiority theory and power relations within the British sitcom Blackadder.

I’m cautious about celebrating too early, but the third-party University of Portsmouth Degree Calculator suggests a solid First-Class honours – I should know for certain this time next month.

I’ve spent some time gathering some of my best work from the last three years and will soon start to schedule them in for publication on this blog. In the meantime, I’m working my way through some screenwriting books with the aim of starting strong with my Masters degree in September. We will have the option to write a screenplay as part of our dissertation, which appeals to me, and I’ve recently had an idea for a script which I’m slowly pulling together into a beat board. Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! (2005), Viki King’s How To Write A Movie In 21 Days (1993) and Syd Field’s Screenplay: The foundations of Screenwriting (1984) have so far been inspirational in helping me achieve this and I have no doubt they will be useful if I decide a screenplay is what I want to work on for my project, instead of a full-length dissertation.

Throughout July and August I aim to finalise the design and layout of this website, as well as start to post original content in the form of film critiques/reviews and researched articles, though I’m not sure just how much I’ll manage because I’m back to working full time over the summer and need to remember to rest on my days off!


  • Field, S. (1984). Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. Dell Publishing Company.
  • King, V. (1993). How to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method. Collins Reference.
  • Snyder, B. (2005). Save The Cat! The Last Book On Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need. Michael Wiese Productions.