Taking on the Netflix phenomenon — perhaps the biggest disruption to Hollywood since TV — is our leading writer on the movies. “I had just written a book about an old-style movie studio, in the golden
age, 1920 to 1950. So I turned to Netflix as a major
force in a very different golden age. For we need to understand how this great ‘stream’ is organised for us.” Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio (Yale University Press)
is out now.
“Growing up, going to
the theatre felt like a punishment,” says the
Esquire contributing editor. “Now, thanks to people like
Ivo van Hove, there is a genuine buzz around it.
Network, especially if you can get one of the seats on the stage, will be one of the arts events of the year.” A features writer for The
Observer, Lewis’s book,
The Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team (Yellow Jersey) is available now.
The five-time Oscarwinning actor and film-maker has turned his
multi-talented hand to writing fiction rather than filming it, publishing his first book this month, a collection of 17 short stories all inspired by his passion for typewriters. He very kindly lends one to us on page 172, with “A Junket in the City of Light”. Uncommon Type: Some Stories (William Heinemann) is on sale
from 17 October.