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The Book That Wrote Itself (1999)

Vincent Macken has wriiten his magnus Opus but nobody will publish it. To prove to the publishers and his detractors that his novel is great, he decides to live out the story of his novel. ... See full summary »


Liam O Mochain


Liam O Mochain
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam O Mochain ... Vincent Macken
Antoinette Guiney Antoinette Guiney ... Aisling Arrigan
Orlaith Rafter Orlaith Rafter ... Shauna
Paul Mahon Paul Mahon ... Sean
Phillip Owen Phillip Owen ... Derek
Marco van Belle ... Literary Agent 1
Kristian Marken Kristian Marken ... Literary Agent 2
Edward Naessens Edward Naessens ... Security Guard
Carole Meyers Carole Meyers ... Deirdre Ni Laighean / Diva
Mike Carberry Mike Carberry ... Ray Carr
Sarah Pilkington Sarah Pilkington ... Radio Reporter
Seán Ó Coisdealbha Seán Ó Coisdealbha ... Mico Seoighe
Fred McCluskey Fred McCluskey ... John
Sarah O'Toole Sarah O'Toole ... Sheila (as Sara O Toole)
Mo McMorrow Mo McMorrow ... Marian O Donnell


Vincent Macken has wriiten his magnus Opus but nobody will publish it. To prove to the publishers and his detractors that his novel is great, he decides to live out the story of his novel. He hires a filmmaker to help him document his experiences on video. When he has documented most of his novel on video, he decides maybe it should be a movie instead. Written by Anonymous

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Wanted: Filmmaker to document mad and amusing novel on video. Will pay a small fee.




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Release Date:

8 August 2000 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy film rendezőt keres See more »

Filming Locations:

Cork, County Cork, Ireland See more »


Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


George Clooney, Kenneth Brannagh, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Bryan Singer, Warren Beatty, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Reno and Annette Benning appeared in the movie as unwitting cameos. See more »

Alternate Versions

Available on DVD in USA and Canada on a four pack DVD called THE INDEPENDENTS. The four movies on the DVD are: CANNES MAN, RAW FISH, INTERRUPTIONS, and THE BOOK THAT WROTE ITSELF. The DVD is also known as: Independents - Four Pack. See more »


References My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989) See more »

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Low Budget DV feature with unwitting cameos from George Clooney and Melanie Griffith.
3 October 2002 | by junglejayne0See all my reviews

As a piece of Cinema, "The Book that Wrote Itself", is unremarkable. The most interesting aspect of the film is the undeniable independent filmmaker spirit. It's easy to sit back and analyse a piece of work as either good or bad, if a Hollywood flick with a budget of millions is truly awful, where does the blame lie, answer, in the machine that is Hollywood, chances are the people involved will get another crack at the whip. When a low budget film is truly awful it generally means that the filmmakers career is over before it has begun. It takes a lot of courage to make a low-budget film, at the very least "The Book that Wrote Itself" is an honest attempt to create cinema. Bravo, for effort, I hope the filmmakers' get another shot.

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