Books by Cherry Potter

I Love You But...
by Cherry Potter
Seven Decades of Romantic Comedy

Published by Methuen, 2002, ISBN 0413749908

I Love You But...Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus - goes to the cinema!
I Love You But... is a journey through seven decades of romantic comedy from the thirties to the present. Choosing key films from each decade, Cherry Potter examines changing relations between the sexes as each new generation confronts the same questions: What does it mean to be a man or a woman? What are our proper roles and what are the temptations and the fears as we stray across the gender divide? What are our hopes and qualms when it comes to love and relationships? What makes a good relationship? What makes us happy? What do men and women really want? In this new and provocative study by the writer of the highly acclaimed SCREEN LANGUAGE, Potter shows us how these age-old questions have been the stuff of argument and amusement throughout the romantic comedy genre.

Screen Language
by Cherry Potter
From Film Writing to Film-making

Screen LanguageBy the former Head of Script at the National Film & Television School, this is a key text for anyone interested in film
In this invaluable and fascinating insight into the way the elements of a film - image, sound and story - are put together, Cherry Potter has used her extensive experience as a writer and film-school teacher to provide a combination of analysis and inspiration which will engage the thinking cinema-goer as well as aspiring screenwriters and film-makers.
Using sequences from films as diverse as Wild Strawberries, The Lacemaker, For a Few Dollars More, Midnight Cowboy, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and American Beauty, Potter examines the nature of film language, structure and storytelling, as well as departures from the classic form. A final section, which will be of particular interest to anyone who wishes to write, produce or direct films, looks at the imaginative process of generating film ideas and invites readers to explore their creativity by providing essential guidance and practical exercises.
"An excellently researched and perceptive book. I have not read a more intelligent and detailed appreciation of one of my own films" - John Schlesinger (director)

Published by Methuen 2001,  ISBN 0413752909

Image, Sound and Story, the Art of Telling in Film

Sound and StorySound and Story

Published by Martin, Secker and Warburg 1990  ISBN: 043638034X

'By avoiding the overly-schematic approach to screenwriting which seems to be the current vogue, Cherry Potter's book offers a thoughtful and sometimes provocative view of film structure taking account of both the art and craft of screenwriting and film-making.' David Puttnam