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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) with Everett Rummage - Screenplay by John Collee - Writing a Movie - Review

April 27, 2020

We have a podcast crossover this week with the host of ‘The Age of Napoleon’, Everett Rummage, calling in to discuss one of his favorite historical films: ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’.

Together we take a detailed look at the mentality of the early nineteenth-century; talking warfare, culture and science, and discuss what we thought of the screenplay, which does not hold back and actually emulates the complex vocabulary used in Patrick O’Brien’s original ‘Aubrey-Maturin’ novels. John Collee wrote a fantastic screenplay, and the film was brilliantly directed by Peter Weir, though the mass-market appeal to audiences was likely stoked by the presence of Russell Crowe in the lead role, at this point riding high off the acclaim for ‘Gladiator’ (2000) and ‘A Beautiful Mind’ (2001).

The writer John Collee has made a version of his script publicly available to download here, we recommend you check it out!

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