This month for The Creative Conversation I was very lucky to interview was the very charming, very loquacious BAFTA and AFI award winning sceenwriter Craig Pearce. Craig is the co-writer of Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and The Great Gatsby, and wrote on the film Charlie St Cloud. He is currently working on the musical adaptation of Strictly Ballroom as well as showrunning the new TV show Will, for US cable network Pivot, about the young William Shakespeare's life in Elizabethan England.
During the interview we talked about process of writing The Great Gatsby with best friend Baz Luhrmann, doing a movie with Brooke Shields, and what Shakespeare the rockstar would have been like in Elizabethan England. Craig was a remarkable storyteller, very generously sharing his experiences as a young actor and later as a writer. Here's a few thoughts on his approach to writing:
I think all writers and creative people live on that sort of knife’s edge of prevarication versus procrastination. Because prevarication, as this crazy friend of my dad’s called Lester once told me, who’s this South African alcoholic I’m sure, Asperger’s type genius, prevarication is the positive form of procrastination. It’s where you’re putting something off for a good reason.
In all honesty, I'm not sure whether I enjoyed his funny voices, his encyclopaedic knowledge of Shakespeare or his capacity for irreverent conversation more!
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