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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


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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 »


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$25,000 (estimated)
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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 »


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5 September 2001 | by baz-15See all my reviews

These nice little low budget films can often be a lot more enjoyable than the big blockbuster ones. This one is kinda silly, it's got plenty of chuckles. The main character thinks he's got more talent than he has, he is annoying but he does funny things. There's a bit where the main character 'auditions' big name actors/directors for the film of his book. He does this by goin to the venice film festival and asking questions to them at the q/a sessions. For instance he asks george clooney would he ever be interested in appearing in a low budget irish film. So basically this guy has george clooney and chaz palminterry and melanie griffith appear in his film for free! Clever! 7/10

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