For this issue, we take a look at two political films directed and co-written by Oliver Stone that took very different approaches to the use of historical ‘fact’ and research. Comparing the genesis of and reaction to JFK and Nixon offers an interesting perspective on bringing real life figures and events to life on screen, as well as the controversies which can result…

From the ‘social problem’ films of the 1930s through to modern films dealing with such issues as terrorism, racism and gay rights, filmmakers have always been drawn to exploring issues affecting the world they live in. The final article in our short series on the screenwriter’s role explores a few issues around the idea of the screenwriter as social commentator…