The Ides of July – Behind The Screenplay

The Ides of July

If you’ve never heard of “The Ides of March,” shame on you. You might not have heard of “The Ides of July” until now and in comparison, we forgive you.

The term “Ides” has its roots in ancient Roman history. It refers to the middle of the month and was used to describe specific days depending on the month. In essence, the Ides were a marker of sorts, utilized for various religious festivals and financial transactions. Of course, you may be aware of the association between the Ides and the assassination of Julius Caesar.

Indeed, the Ides of March in 44 BC were a pivotal moment in Roman history. Nowadays, the term “Ides” has taken on a somewhat ominous connotation, often used in literature and popular culture to suggest a sense of foreboding or impending doom.

The Ides of July writing playlist:

  1. Peter Talisman – We Have to Leave This Town Because I Have Done Something Unforgivable
  2. Oliver Coates – Butoh baby
  3. David Borden – Esty Point, Summer 1978
  4. Shida Shahabi – Abisme
  5. TLF Trio – Passacaglia
  6. Ernst Reijseger – Longing for a Frozen Sky
  7. Commodo – Deft 1s
  8. Dawuna – Bad Karma
  9. Vega Trails – Epic Dream
  10. E.VAX – Koko
  11. upsammy – Flutter
  12. Jaimie Branch – birds of paradise
  13. Zelienople – The Real Devil
  14. Para One – Virtual Satori – Remix
  15. George Jones – The Grand Tour
  16. The Rationals – Glowin’
  17. Lonely Guest – Lonely Guest
  18. Caterina Barbieri – Fantas for Electric Guitar
  19. Ben Bertrand – The Nixe of John Cage’s River
  20. Public Memory – Butcher
  21. Mark Guiliana – Song for Making Things Right
  22. Jon Hassell – Blue Period
  23. Poppy Ackroyd – Pause – Reworked
  24. Sons Of Kemet – To Never Forget The Source
  25. Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek – Üç Kız Bir Ana
  26. Azymuth – Zé e Paraná
  27. Sensible Soccers – Cantiga Da Ponte
  28. Martina Stock – Roses Are Blue
  29. Weils – To Apeiron
  30. yes/and – Craggy
  31. Patricia Brennan – Solar
  32. Martin Glass – Okinawa Fantasia
  33. Robert Wyatt – The Whole Point Of No Return

Story Inspiration

The Ides of July movie

The picturesque location of Whistler, British Columbia, was have been a significant source of inspiration for the film. The town’s reputation for drug use and its notorious party culture create a stark contrast against the natural beauty of the setting, highlighting the internal conflict and turmoil experienced by the protagonist.

Whistler serves as a metaphor for the internal struggle, as the beauty of the surroundings contrasts with the negative aspects of the town, much like how the protagonist’s struggle with his daughter’s actions contrasts with his desire to protect his family name and reputation. The setting, therefore, plays a crucial role in the narrative, creating an external conflict that mirrors the internal conflict of the protagonist and providing a rich visual backdrop for the story to unfold.

You can learn more about the Broken English production of The Ides of July by clicking the underlined link.

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