Side Effects director Steven Soderbergh publishes novella over Twitter

The first seven chapters appeared in a continuous stream on Sunday
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The filmmaker Steven Soderbergh appears to be writing a novella composed entirely of tweets.

The producer, director and editor, famous for films like Ocean's Eleven, Side Effects and Sex, Lies and Videotape, is publishing the story - which appears to be a tense thriller - under a pseudonym, @bitchuation.

In an interview with the website Collider in February, Soderbergh confirmed speculation that he was responsible for the account, saying: "What will happen, it’s going to be streaky, what will happen is I build up a bunch of stuff and blow it out all at the same time.

"I don’t know if that’s the way you’re supposed to do it, but that’s the way it’s happening. I’m about a week away from another burst of tweets. It’s fun to have, it’s kind of like having a pseudonym ... I feel I can hide behind that, which is fun."

Twitter has not verified the account, which carries a picture of Soderbergh.

And on Sunday night, the account tweeted: "I will now attempt to tweet a novella called GLUE," and "CHAPTER ONE."

Then followed a stream of around 80 tweets over five hours, some with pictures attached. They included: "It was difficult for you not to assume the worst after the way your funeral went down. The whole thing seemed like a parody of itself"; and "The smart move is to pull up stakes and head for the nearest cliché. But you don’t."

At 10.23pm L.A. time, @bitchuation ended the stream with: "ENDS OF CHAPTER SEVEN."