How It Happened Here Paperback – 7 Mar 2007
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I consumed this book in the space of one long train journey. By the time I had finished it
1) I really wanted to meet Kevin Brownlow because of the stories he probably missed out of HIHH
2) I knew vastly more about film-making than I did before I started the book.
Kevin Brownlow comes across as one of Nature's gentlemen: the story he tells is principled; unassuming; generous in its praise for those who helped him and remarkably restrained in its condemnation of those who hindered.
It's a very funny book too in its own way and certainly one of the best film memoirs I have ever read.
By the end of the book my admiration for Brownlow and his co-director Andrew Mollo was very deep.
The only irritating thing about the story is that their marathon dedication certainly left me unsettlingly aware of my own shortcomings in terms of perseverance
I did think that this book was a bit lightweight, given the complexity of the project, and the contentious nature of the subject matter, but there are plenty of useful photographs, so all in all, it is a good read, especially if you already know the film; if not, it should prove a good incentive to see the film, which is a very creditworthy effort for two young men of such tender years, especially given the period in which it was made.
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Not only is it a very intersting and exciting account of two teenagers growing up as they try against all odds to make a historically accurate film for no money, but it also addresses issues such as the artist's responsibility to be honest to his subject and what lengths are neccessary to acheive it.
A great autobiographical account, I would highly suggest this book for other film students planning their own films, as well as those interested in film history or the work of Kevin Brownlow. I did eventually see the movie, and felt that my veiwing experienced was enhanced in part from having read this text.