Several reference books that no writer should be without. Our
list includes all the top bibles used by professional writers.
BFI Film & Television Handbook, BFI, £20.00
An essential reference to UK film, TV, and video/dvd, this is stuffed with statistics, essays, analysis, and a one-stop directory, updated annually.
Cannes Film Festival Market Guide £400 (With Market Pass)
This hefty book is given to producers with market accreditation to the festival. Market passes cost over £400 but try to beg, borrow or steal a copy, even last years – it has a list of all the production companies attending the festival and their contact details in the UK.
Contacts, Spotlight, £9.99
Published by actors' service The Spotlight, this annual guide lists every agency, production company, and other essential contacts in the industry.
Elements of Style, Strunk & White, £23
The little bible for the 22 “Elemental Rules of Usage” and guide to correct and concise writing, emphasising screenwriters' mantra, "omit needless words".
First Facts, First Film £16
Development-company produced book with a complete guide to the UK film industry, providing information on funding, marketing and distribution of short films and features.
Halliwell's Film & Video Guide, 2004 Edition, £19.99
Massive guide listing a breakdown of all films, including logline, cast/crew details, and star ratings, updated yearly.
The Internet: A Writer's Guide, Jane Dorner, £10.99
The Internet has a wide array of resources for screenwriters, much of which is accessible free. This book enables you to navigate through what can otherwise be confusing waters.
Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, Robert Graves
Graves discusses the function of myth in Egypt, Greece, Rome, the American Indians, Africans etc. Includes 34 colour plates and hundred of black and white illustrations.
Pears Cyclopaedia, 2003-2004 Chris Cook, £13.59
The greater your general knowledge, the better your writing will be. This is especially good for writers as it is small in size and broken down into useful categories.
Whitaker's Almanack, £40
Published annually in Britain since 1868, this is the ultimate single volume reference source, covering a wide range of subject areas and a wealth of essential facts and figures.
Writers’ & Artists' Yearbook, £9.99
An annual publication containing information on press contacts, agents, trusts, and prizes, this also has some excellent articles on writing for television and funding an agent.
Writer’s Handbook, Barry Turner £9.99
This guide for writers in film, TV, theatre, radio, and journalism provides listings of agents, publishers, magazines etc, plus some short articles on various aspects of writing.
1001 and Movies You Must See Before You Die , Steven Jay Schneider £20
Instead of simply summarizing the plot, Schneider and his team of experts briefly explain why each film is a must see. Schneider’s choices are irrefutable. Highly recommended for all film, general public, and academic reference collections.
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