Penned by the Academy Award–winning co-writer of Birdman, Nicolás Giacobone’s The Crossed-Out Notebook is a wonderfully eccentric, suspenseful debut about a screenwriter kidnapped by a world-famous director who orders him to compose a masterpiece. ABC Radio National’s Jason Di Rosso meets Nicolás to discuss what has been hailed as a “deceptively straightforward slack-wire act of a novel that probes the hairline crack between selling art and selling out” (Nell Zink).

Nicolás Giacobone (International)

Nicolás Giacobone

Nicolás Giacobone was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1975. He shared an Academy Award and Golden Globe for co-writing Birdman, which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. He co-wrote the screenplays for Biutiful, which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the Cinema Writers Circle Awards in Spain, the Goya Awards and the Satellite Awards; The Last Elvis, which was awarded the Silver Condor for Best Original Screenplay by the Argentine Film Critics Association; and John And The Hole, which is currently in post-production. He has written a book of short stories (Algún Cristo), and his debut novel is The Crossed-Out Notebook. His second novel will come out in Spain and Latin America in the beginning of 2021.

Jason Di Rosso (Australian)

Jason Di Rosso

Jason Di Rosso is Radio National’s film and TV critic and reviewer across a range of Radio National shows. He was previously the host of the weekly film show The Final Cut. Before becoming Radio National’s chief film specialist, Jason spent six years as associate producer and reviewer on Radio National’s Movietime.