As you might have guessed, this is the first issue of Reel Screen Life. Every two weeks, we’ll bring you a selection of articles, news and analyses all about films based on (or inspired by) real life. By this, we mean films whose inspiration or source material is a real event or an episode out of the life of a real person. If you’re thinking this is a pretty narrow remit, you couldn’t be more wrong…

Transforming a true life tale into a screen story is problematic for many reasons, both practical and creative. So why attempt it at all? If you hadn’t already guessed, RSL is all about the true life adaptation, so, for the first issue, it seems apt to start at the beginning and explore why writers, filmmakers and audiences want to create, make and watch true life adaptations…