Emma Jane Unsworth, What Are You Watching? | Interview

We spoke to award-winning screenwriter Emma Jane Unsworth

Sam Clements

22 Apr 20

What are you planning to watch next?

Misbehaviour - it looks like fun and features a lot of my favourite actresses, including Jessie Buckley.  It's about a group of women who disrupt a Miss World competition in 1970.  Sort of like a feminist heist. Sounds great!

What are you currently reading?

I've been struggling to read for pleasure, but when I go out walking I'm listening to the audiobook of Heartburn by Nora Ephron, read by Meryl Streep. It's so funny, utterly delicious, and Streep's voice is like a hug from your favourite aunt.

Emma Jane Unsworth

Do you listen to any podcasts?

Brenée Brown's new podcast Unlocking Us is like a therapy session and a philosophy lesson all rolled into one.  She talks to a different inspiring person every week about some difficult aspect of human life, like shame or grief.  It makes my head light up.

I also recently listened to the best single episode of a podcast I've ever heard: Rule of Three, which is a podcast about comedy on screen - the episode featuring Lucy Prebble, one of the writers on Succession, talking about the film When Harry Met Sally.  It's probably the most pleasurable, inspiring hour I've spent in a long time.  Listen to it - it's so funny and insightful about screenwriting and how comedy works - I promise you won't regret it!

Do you have a favourite memory of a Picturehouse cinema?

The first time I went to my local, the Duke of York's in Brighton, I went to see Diary of a Teenage Girl with my friend Tess, a screenwriter who was over from LA.  We had such a good time.  I was really wowed by the cinema, how beautiful it is inside, and what a proper cinema experience it was - I'd forgotten how good it could be, after being to so many soulless multiplexes.  I hadn't been living in Brighton for very long at that time, but it was one of the things that made me think, okay, maybe I can make a home here.

What you might say to someone who might be about to watch Animals?

I hope you love it as much as we loved making it.

Animals is now available to watch at home.