“With About Time, how did this first come together? What were the origins of the story? What pieces…”

With About Time, how did this first come together? What were the origins of the story? What pieces of it did you originally envision and then build around?

Curtis: It was… It was a slow growth. I had a lunch with a friend of mine called Simon, who lives in New Mexico and I don’t see him very often. He came over. And we tend to talk properly. We were talking about whether or not we were happy. I slightly surprised myself by saying, “Not really…”

Happy about…?

Curtis: Just happy, in life. Was life making you happy? And we then had a discussion about what would constitute a perfect day. And he was saying what he would do. And I was saying that I used to think a perfect day would be flying to Monte Carlo and having a date with Grace Kelly and winning a million pounds and getting a text saying, “You’ve been nominated for an Oscar.” And now I hate all of that. It’s too scary and strangers…

And, sort of, the day we were having was the perfect day. I was just having lunch with my best friend. I had taken my kids to school. I was going to have dinner with the family. I thought then for the next week that would be a subject I should really write about—how to be happy; how you achieve happiness in ordinary life rather than always looking for extra, big things and achievements to make you happy.



Interview: ‘About Time’ Writer & Director Richard Curtis on Happiness by Alex Billington

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