Bombed Out: Best Screenplay Award Arrives.
Above Photo: Bombed Out book cover with the award from the Golden Gate International Film Festival.
I was really delighted to finally get my hands on the ‘Best Screenplay’ award for my Punk and New Wave screenplay, Bombed Out, which arrived by courier today. It came from the Golden Gate International Film Festival in California.
This award is even more special because it’s my first ever award as a writer, and to get it for something as close to my heart as Bombed Out is really important.
I couldn’t go to the Film Festival itself, because of flight problems out of Thailand at short notice, which was disappointing. To actually have received the award in person would have been mind-blowing.
I was conscious of two nearby locations on the West Coast of the US, relevant to the book and the screenplay. First, the Sex Pistols had played their last ever gig at Winterland in San Francisco, just north of where the festival was being held, in San Jose. And slightly further south, in Los Angeles, my former drummer and friend Paul Hornby had died only a couple of years ago.
Paul had helped me with some recollections for the book and received a thank you credit in the foreword. He also loved the screenplay. I modelled (the look of) the imaginary drummer in the screenplay on him, and I know he would have been delighted with this award.
I’d like to thank the Golden Gate International Film Festival judges and organisers for giving this to me. I really appreciate it.
And thanks to everyone who has bought the book or given me moral support in connection with the screenplay (which is a fictional rendering of events in the book). It remains my ultimate goal to get the film made, as I believe it tells a unique story of the time, and I believe the Golden Gate Film Festival success can only help with this.