pondering punctuation

Alas, I was somewhat disappointed with Bubba Ho-Tep, as you can see from my review. I think my expectations of the film were too high. It’s a funny quirky movie, and worth checking out, but not as outstanding as I would have thought.

This evening I’m off to see the opening film of the Galway Film Fleadh, Ken Loach’s Ae Fond Kiss, followed by a reception, and then a late showing of Save the Green Planet (Jigureul jikyeora!). The latter is a weird South Korean sf flick, which sounds right up my street.

Tomorrow I’ll be busy seeing Ken Loach and Paul Laverty’s movie, My Name is Joe, and attending the screenwriter’s masterclass in the afternoon, so I don’t know if I’ll be posting much in the coming days.

On that note, I’ve been musing about the apostrophe use in “screenwriter’s masterclass”. I notice on the Film Fleadh’s web site they’ve changed it to a “screenwriting workshop”, and thus avoid the problem–though the actor’s and director’s masterclasses are apostrophed in that manner (yes, I just verbed a noun). On the Huston Film School‘s web site they eschew the apostrophe altogether, which has to be wrong.

I figure if you think of it as Paul Laverty giving a masterclass to other screenwriters then it is a screenwriter’s masterclass, but if you consider the masterclass being “owned” by many screenwriters, then it could also be a screenwriters’ masterclass. Though, that places the emphasis on the people attending the class, and not the person who is teaching… I figure you can make a case for it either way. But perhaps I am wrong… as any of my learned readers might attest.