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Shooting the Actor
  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099471974
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $27.99

Shooting the Actor



The classic account of filmmaking gone wrong, completely revised and expanded to include new material on the making of A Room with a View, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and the 2002 Oscar Award winner for Best Foreign Film, No Man's Land.

A companion volume to Being an Actor, Callow's classic text about the experience of acting in the theatre, Shooting the Actor reveals the truth about film acting. The book describes his film work, from Amadeus to Four Weddings and a Funeral, from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls to Shakespeare in Love.

Its centrepiece is a hilarious and sometimes agonising account of the making of Manifesto, shot in the former Yugoslavia. When Callow first met the film's director Dusan Makavejev to discuss the movie, they both got on famously. Months later the two were barely speaking. Insightful and always entertaining, Shooting the Actor reveals more than any formal guide could about the process of film-making and the highly complex nature of being both actor and director.

  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099471974
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Simon Callow

Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral. His books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, Love is Where it Falls,the first two volumes of his four-volume life of Orson Welles, his theatrical memoir My Life in Pieces, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World.

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Praise for Shooting the Actor

A rare book: a genuinely frank and self-revealing account of an actor's nightmare made real. Comic and even touching

Sir Richard Eyre

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