Began work on new screenplay. V. EXCITED! Rang Roger Moore (whom I know) to ask if hed be interested in a cameo. The buggers in Prague making another bloody Bond film! Such cinematic drivel will be the death of the British film industry!
Decide script needs more shagging in it.
Fed cat. Watered plants. Finished script.
Universal have given the go-ahead on Mammaries. HOO-BLOODY-RAY! Rang Oliver Reed (whom I know) to ask if he wants the leading role. Olly was a bit incoherent. I think he might have been drinking.
Do a quick re-write of the script to insert a bit more shagging.
7th April 1977.
First day of principal photography. PALPITATIONS! Ive got a super cast, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Alan Bates (all of whom I know). Also gave a part to Anthony Hopkins. Hes just finished doing the sequel to National Velvet for Brian Forbes (whom I also know). BLOODY AWFUL FILM! No wonder the British film industry is on its knees! Hopkins was good though.
Tinker with the script. Ive inserted a bit more shagging.
12th April 1977.
PROBLEMS! Glenda is concerned about the amount of sex in the script. I point out that the film is an accurate reflection of the early part of my life. It takes ten minutes for her to stop laughing. Later, Oliver asks me out for a drink after we wrap for the day. Knowing that Ollys little drinks tend to escalate into 24-hour benders, I politely refuse.
4.30AM. Police have picked Oliver up. He was wandering around the high street trying to pick a fight with a post box. Have to go down to the station to collect him in the morning.
13th April 1977
Oliver is very quiet on set today. Hopkins corners me to tell me about this idea hes had for a one-man version of Hamlet. Apparently the whole play is supposed to take place in his head. It all sounds a bit mad to me.
2nd May 1977
Divorce came through. Bit depressed. Wrote a new scene in which a blonde-haired Swedish woman is burnt at the stake. Tore it up. Put a bit more shagging in instead.
23rd May 1977
Glenda is refusing the latest version of the script! She says that the amount of sex is ludicrous. BLOODY WOMAN! Doesnt she recognise art when she sees it? To cap it all she says that shes giving up acting and moving into politics instead. Ill believe it when it happens.
Eventually persuade her to go with the new draft of the script. I bet she didnt give Morecambe and Wise this much trouble.
24th June 1977
Final day of principal photography. CUT. PRINT. ITS A BLOODY WRAP!
1st July 1977
Fed cat. Watered plants. Began editing.
21st July 1977
Assembly edit is standing at a little over three and a half hours. When I suggest that there isnt enough nudity the editor makes a strange whining noise and starts rocking backwards and forwards in his chair. I think the poor mans been working too hard.
15th August 1977
Rough-cut is down to a more manageable two hours. Ive hired Ennio Morricone to do the score. He keeps telling me that the music should "fill the gaps between the acting and the silence". I nod as if I understand what hes talking about.
25th September 1977
Final cut. Running time down to 1 hour 45. Its my greatest work. I screen it before Universals executives tomorrow.
26th September 1977
Screening room. 10 am. The lights go down.
11.45 am. Credits roll. SILENCE. I ask what they think. They say its "interesting". They are going to get back to me. PHILLISTINES! Dont they recognise art when they see it?
10.35 pm. Bit depressed. Rang Olly. He calls them a "bunch of wankers".
28th September 1977
DISASTER! Universal say they cannot release "Mammaries"! I STARE INTO THE ABYSS! Immediately phone solicitor. I shall sue!
12th December 1977
Lost the case. I fear "Mammaries" shall never see the light of day. TRAGEDY!
13th December 1977
Throw myself into my work. Im developing an all-nude version of Moby Dick. One slight hitch. For the life of me I cant fathom how Im going to work any shagging into it