Five Minutes with Dale Alexander

Dale Alexander Photo Did you have something specific you wanted to communicate with this piece?

My screenplay is quite experimental. I am interested in portraying the internal landscape of a person who is ultimately suffering from depression. Not the type of depression we all necessarily experience, but depression as a mental illness. I wanted to communicate a sense of light in the darkness.

Is there a style/genre/or writer who has significantly influenced your work?

When I write screenplays, I am influenced by the work of Sofia Coppola, Miranda July and Michel Gondry. Their work is inspiring because it abandons traditional Hollywood formula to capture the essence of something greater.

Who do you show your writing to first?

Whoever is interested in reading it. Usually my mum and my sister.

Where do you get most of your writing done?

In my head and in my bed.

What book is closest to you right now – don't lie!

Good Girls Don't Make History by Jan Stradling

What the best advice you have ever gotten about writing? And what's the best advice that you still ignore?

Write economically and 'get rid of the scaffolding'. I'm honestly not confident enough as a writer to completely ignore any advice (although I will absolutely exercise my rebellious streak by using adverbs constantly).

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

I would be my miniature dachshund, Max. He spends his days being waited on by human servants and sun baking until the next meal.

What is the strangest object you own?

Probably a bag filled with crystals from an old chandelier. They are useless but just too pretty to throw away.

How long did it take you to write your bio?

About ten minutes. I then panicked and had to send it to my mum and my sister for reassurance.

What do you read as a guilty pleasure? What about just for normal pleasure?

I don't feel guilty about anything I read. I feel like I can learn from everything. I do think Bill Bryson is pretty funny though.

What literary tattoo would you get?

When I was 18, I was in San Francisco with my cousins and wanted to mark that moment in my life by having, "to thine own self be true" tattooed between my fingers. I will be forever grateful that my cousins convinced me it was a bad idea.

Send us a picture of your favourite animal?

Dale Alexander Dog