Listening is the most crucial skill for a screenwriter, according to The Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy.
To illustrate this, the scriptwriter of multi-Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, Golden Globe-nominated Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Battle of the Sexes, told the audience at a ScreenTalk Oxfordshire event about a recent incident.
He was in an Oxford café with a famous musician who was relating “amazing stories” about international rock stars – “the sort of anecdotes that would have been all over Twitter in two seconds”.
The irony was that although the place was packed, none of the other customers overhead a word because most were wearing headphones.
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