A write old life.

Dougie Brimson. Author, screenwriter, serial moaner.

Why ‘write what you know’ is the best advice you’ll ever hear.


In terms of advice handed to potential scribes, be they of the book or screenplay variety, ’write what you know’ is fairly standard fare. Ironically, it’s a piece of guidance … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

Screenwriting and the art of the opportunity.


A couple of weeks ago, whilst trawling through my hard drive searching for something I’d written an age ago, I stumbled across a folder which contained the first draft of … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Appeal of Clarkson.


I’ve had a few people contact me this morning asking me to explain the appeal of Jeremy Clarkson. Now it is indeed true that Jezza is something of a Marmite … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 6 Comments

Why the film world doesn’t owe you a living.


It is, as many people who work in film and TV will be acutely aware, award season. Or to put it another way, the time of the year when backs … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 17 Comments

The Death of Football.


I am a football fan. This, dear reader, is a well documented fact. Now to some reading that, it will be natural to assume that if I’m not watching Sky … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 8 Comments

5 reasons why I love writing for older actors.


I shall, from the outset, put my cards on the table and say that I am, at least numerically speaking, old. 

I don’t feel old mind, and I certainly don’t … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · 4 Comments

Writers: Are we our own worst enemies?


As you may or may not have noticed, my third feature, We Still Kill The Old Way, was released over Christmas. For reasons I won’t go into here, I haven’t … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 8 Comments