Mind you, I also had a vague idea I could Velcro my baby to the wall when I needed to use both hands. That was wrong so I hold no hope for this new inspiration.
However, I’ve never let the prospect of being wrong stop me and Alice did eventually recover, so I’m ploughing on regardless.
They weren’t interested.
My original idea was sparked by being generally annoyed at how easily people ascribe things to fate. People look at things which are amazing coincidences and try to make them less amazing by fitting them into a pattern: it was fate, or one of the Gods or Karma or Santa or someone or something like that.
A friend had recently lost his mind by looking back over his life and trying to find a common thread, one which linked all of his experiences. It amazed me how an incredibly intelligent man could genuinely believe all the events of his life were linked (other than by having happened to him and each effect being the product of the preceding cause) and then find an external force to blame.
This human gullibility, the desperate need to believe the universe cares one way or the other what happens to you, was the jumping off point for this treatment.
I’m assuming everyone can work out you need to click on the blue words to read the document.
I can’t remember getting any notes about the treatment and so the first draft was more or less a literal translation.
There followed a short period of development with most of the changes being about reducing the number of scenes by amalgamating some and cutting others; and the addition of an additional twist for the end.
The final shooting script also included extended radio and TV reports which could carry on in the background and a doubling of the length of the rooftop scenes – the fear being they would look too choppy in the final version. As it happens, they were fine and the additional lines gave us more to choose from in the edit.
Go on, you know you want to.
Oh, and if anyone’s interested in my patented Velcro baby-care system, please send a large cheque and a promise not to sue.