The Agent review

Exposing the ruthless side of book publishing

Stephen Parker’s (Stephen Kennedy) last novel bombed. So why should his agent (William Beck) bother selling his latest? Because the pissed-off writer’s packing a gun – albeit a “metaphorical” one.

Lesley Manning’s witty exposé of the book world’s corrupted soul is Swimming With Literary Sharks.

While unmistakably a stage adaptation, Martin Wagner’s droll dialogue makes the cutand- thrust reasonably dynamic, even if Wagner’s barbs about the parlous state of modern publishing will surprise no one.

Still, the film’s DIY ethic, HD-shot for £26,000 and independently distributed, leads by example in cutting out the middle-men.

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