Screenwriter's statement: Peter Morgan, screenwriter of 360
In many ways
is a reflection of the way I live and that I spend far too much time in airports and on the move. If you put yourself in a jet lagged haze and imagine life in those four cities that are all metropolitan centres filled with multinational communities and you combine that with the impact of the internet - you can’t help noticing the degree to which boundaries have become obsolete and that modern 21st century life has become one global community.
I wanted to write something that would reflect that, and the fact that all actions have consequences. The fact that the economic actions of one country, or bank, or Government can so dramatically affect others – the fact that one person carrying a virus in New York get on a plane and pass it to someone in Mongolia 24 hours later – the fact that a stock price falls in Tokyo making people redundant in Stockholm – that people are playing online poker with somebody in a different time zone and different country – the extent to which we would become – and already have, become one community. I wanted to write a story to reflect that. But I didn’t want to write it head on, I wanted to write it as a metaphor. And what better subject to channel it through – than love, romance, sex and relationships.
The journey that you go on when you write a script and the changes of direction and forked roads, I prefer that, you know. I was constantly going into directions I never expected.
I am always encouraging myself to take risks in my writing because I believe that all human struggles and all human emotions, it’s a pallet we all share. And I think the feelings that I have, the struggles that I have are yours. I am constantly shocked by how I may think that a particular predicament I have, or an emotional challenge is one that is unique to me. It’s absolutely not the case and you know we are all in the same old mess and we all have the same struggles.
By screenwriter Peter Morgan
360 opens on Friday 10 August at Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Richmond and hmvcurzon Wimbledon.