By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
As a former newsman, I found the film to be incredibly compelling and very well acted; but what really stood out to me: The story captured the inner-workings and drama of what often takes place in investigative news organizations.
“Spotlight” will join the ranks of other cinematic productions — from blockbusters like “All the President’s Men” to “Call Northside 777,” a post World War II film noir set in my old Chicago neighborhood — based on the news business.
But it also inspired this observation: The news profession, and many others, have been extensively chronicled by Hollywood. So, why has the film industry — or the television industry, for that matter– failed to produce a drama, romcom, bromance or even a documentary about another communications profession (you guessed it), namely public relations?
So as a , The PRDude offers these possible scenarios for a movie treatment:
- “The Ivy Lee Story.” Imagine the tension that unfolds as Mr. Lee, called the father of modern public relations, drafts then disseminates his famous “Declaration of Principles.”
- “Crisis Communications — The Untold Story.” A behind-the-scenes docu-drama about what really goes on to mitigate bad news when something really, really bad happens to a big corporation.
- “The Strategist and The Tactician.” A romantic comedy between a by-the-book SVP and a feisty millennial AE; set in a global shop that features free ice cream in the break room, of course.
And, you’re probably wondering why I didn’t suggest a movie about a guy who blogs about public relations (and other stuff).
Some stories aren’t meant for the silver screen, you know.