Feeling that I hadn’t had enough of magazine editing during the week, I went to see The September Issue on Sunday, RJ Cutler’s documentary of the making of American Vogue‘s September 2007 edition. (Our review of the film can be read here.) Prospect and Vogue have a lot in common, it turns out: we’re both monthly magazines, we both have editors who have been in post for a long time, and… that may be it.
Nevertheless, I think there is scope for a similar movie about Prospect. (Well, they made a film about the New Republic.) Admittedly it would be shot mostly in one small, cramped room in Bloomsbury rather than New York, Paris and Rome, but that would offer substantial cost savings to a documentary maker. And while Vogue took months to produce one issue, we like to cram it all into ten days, so it’d be a much shorter shoot, albeit with a few late nights. To this end I have put together a brief treatment, based around The September Issue.