Ten weeks of Gallipoli pre-production came to an end yesterday. A huge challenge in many ways. I haven't taken anywhere near the amount of 'pre' photos that I would have normally and this alone is an indication of how intense the process has been. Gallipoli is a beast of a project and I think I would be a nervous wreck right now if I wasn't surrounded by the best best people. I've really have the dream cast and crew and I feel totally supported going into this shoot that we all know is going to be very tough at best. I feel very privileged to be where I am right now (although I do feel like throwing up).
This snap of the writer Christopher Lee deep in thought, reminds me of the Ernest Hemingway quote "Writing at it's best is a lonely life…". Christof spent most of last year holed up alone writing the eight hours of television we are about to make. But for the past two months, he has sat in this room and for many of those days I sat across from him and we worked on the scripts together. Christof is one of the most generous and wise people I've had the pleasure to work with. It's been a wonderfully collaborative and learning experience.