Books and Movies Reviews

Nathans Run

Nathan's run, published in 1996 used themes and issues, which are present in past and contemporary affairs of society. Juvenile detention, killer teenagers justifying their actions, police corruption, these are all issues found in news and current affairs. Using familiar issues, ideas and themes John Gilstrap creates an attraction between the reader and the story line, producing an interpretation, which could be transferred to a screenplay.
A part of the book, which can be, classed as the climax of the story holds the reader in a way a film would use action, conflict and resolution. It could make a very powerful scene in a film. Scenes are the change of action or setting in a film, the change of emotional and physical actions presented by the actor while in character.
The scene would begin in a suburban, built up area, with a young boy pointing a pistol at an un-uniformed police officer. The boy, called Nathan Bailey is wearing an oversized shirt with the letters JDC across his back. His hair is filthy with blood streaked through it, opposite him with his weapon holstered an uniformed police officer with a gold badge hooked over his jacket pocket approaches him cautiously. Warren Michaels, the policeman, attempts to negotiate with Nathan.
Presenting this scene on film as a director I would use similar issues, ideas and affairs to expose to the audience as Gilstrap presents to his readers. Using characterised body and facial movements and methods of acting I would like to show the audience that body language could be more descriptive and hold more information than dialogue in the form of character communication. Using this scene, as an example there is a lot of pauses between dialogue and the only form of communication between the characters are through facial expressions and how they present their actions to the audience.
The meaning of this scene, in relation to body language, will show how truth can not only be heard