Reading and writing are my profession and my passion. The border between profession and passion has blurred over the years, if it had existed at all. When I had been writing my first screenplay for an amateur movie, the 16 year old me did not feel like it was working. And today, every time I sit brooding over a script burning the midnight oil, it does not feel like working either, really.
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) had been the best known myth researcher and teacher of the USA. He had lectured and written about this subject all his adult life. So when director and drama teacher Alexander Mitta, recommended I read The Hero with a thousand faces, it would become my first contact with the so-called monomyth, the core structure hidden behind every story that has survived the ages and remains embedded in our collective consciousness. In our hearts, we long to hear about heroes overcoming obstacles, diving into adventures that are nothing but the journeys into the depths of our own souls. I loved the book, even though it was difficult to read, and I have continued reading Campbell’s lectures and essays as well as venturing into research of my own. And the mythological roots of our favourite stories have been a focus of my work ever since.