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Working with Jonathan Glazer on Under The Skin

Working with Jonathan Glazer on the first three drafts of Under The Skin was one of the most intense and extraordinary periods in my life.  It took Jon many years to get the film made with Scarlett Johansson (available to stream or download from iTunes or Amazon), and even though it changed enormously during that time, I still feel a curious sense of ownership even when I see still images from the film.  Writing the early drafts of the script (the two opening pages are below) was a weird and fabulous journey for me, in territory both unknown and imagined - drawn both from Michel Faber’s novel and the landscape of my own father’s childhood in northern Scotland. As I explained to Ryan Gilbey, film critic of The New Statesman , last year, working with Jon was a unique and curious process, not without its difficulties at times, but always provocative and enlightening: “Jon and I worked together on the first three drafts. The second one we really tried to coll

My new Tumblr blog - where I'm at in 2015!

Happy New Year (a little late) and welcome to my new Tumblr blog at Tumblr is where the action is going to be in terms of my posts, largely because it's so easy to post from my iPhone and it's also a perfect mix between Twitter and blogging. I will continue to update posts here occasionally, and all the old posts will be accessible, but after some issues over the past couple of weeks with (which I redirected to Tumblr temporarily), I am keeping this blog up and keeping Tumblr separate at Please visit me on Tumblr  and follow me there - as well as on Twitter @alexanderchow. Thanks, Alexander

My Twitter Feed @alexanderchow

As the new year approaches, I seem to find less and less time to blog but I remain very active on Twitter, which I have always hugely enjoyed. Therefore, in 2015, although there may be the occasional photograph or longer post from me here, my blog will move to Tumblr and will share much of my Twitter feed, which is much more current and, quite frankly, more fun to do. Please follow me on Tumblr at and on Twitter  @alexanderchow Tweets by @AlexanderChow

Nick D'Aloisio Talks About Yahoo News Digest and Apple Watches on Bloomberg TV (Video)

I first met Nick D'Aloisio on Twitter when he was fifteen and had created Summly , a remarkable algorithm (and company) that summarized news stories into 400 characters that you could then expand into a longer article if you wanted greater depth. I introduced Nick to our wonderful friend Stephen Fry  (of whom he is a huge fan), and Stephen became a spokesperson for the company, making an entertaining and highly memorable commercial in which he and Nick sat opposite each other in quite distinctive blue chairs. Nick D'Aloisio and Stephen Fry. In March of 2013, Nick sold Summly to Yahoo for a reported $30 million, started working with Marissa Mayer and headed up a team that has created another truly beautiful and innovative news app, Yahoo News Digest , which deservedly won the 2014 Apple Design Award. Presenting a mix of summarized news, photographs, quotes, a highly relevant Twitter feed and deeper background information, Yahoo News Digest is the first tru

Boogieboarding With My Family

Photograph Copyright  ©  2014  Charong Chow Boogieboarding with my family is one of my absolute favorite things to do. We do it often, but rarely capture it on camera. This photo of me in the surf with our daughter was taken by my wife, Charong Chow.