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From Cavendish Fante's home page - www.cavendishfante.com, showing the projects I currently have with them: A Jailers Tale, an adaptation of Bill Bradshaw's novel, and Best Evidence, my own feature script.
month I posted that my script 'Best Evidence' had been optioned by the
Cavendish Fante Picture Company. This is the 'script poster' that they are going to use. Devised and created specifically for the project by Jim Mackintosh at
Great to hear that Plagium has been nominated for Best Drama Short at the Limelight Film Awards, 2013. The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Troxy, London on 6th June. Well done to Director, Brady Hood and the team.
Great to hear that Small Gifts, Plagium and Arthur Cant have been selected for goNORTH2013 - http://bit.ly/11XHn0b.
Inverness in June, very nice.
An Irish Prison Guard, struggling with a shattered marriage and heavy
drinking, must set his personal troubles aside to take on a murderous
inmate and nemesis hellbent on revenge, mayhem and murder.
Very pleased to have been commissioned by Cavendish Fante Picture Company to adapt the novel, From The Horses Mouth: A Jailer's Tale by Bill Bradshaw.
Off to London tomorrow to spend two or three
days with Tiger Aspect and their writing team helping out on a new drama
written by a good friend. Not my project, so can't say too much but
looking forward to learning more about their process and seeing it come
together. Every day's a school day. By the way, it's going to be a
cracking show so watch this space.
Very pleased to be able to announce that my feature script, Best Evidence, has been optioned by John V Fante and Kristen Cavendish and their prod co Cavendish Fante Picture Company, Santa Barbara, CA.
Stills from the new short, Needs, currently in post production.
Great night last night at The Troubador in London where Arthur Cant won the audience vote for Best Film.
Very pleased that NEEDS began filming today in London. Wishing Director, Amine Yahia Cherif and the cast, including Kate Steel, Victoria Blunt and Ben Gardner Gray all the very best.
Was up in Aberfeldy last night for the Heartland Film Society's screening of Incendies (http://imdb.to/ZcjL3B), which was preceeded by Arthur Cant (http://imdb.to/YqzTmb). While there I learned about the soon to be reopened Birks Cinema following a £1.8m refurb. Good luck to everyone involved and look out for Heartland's 2013 Palme Dewar Short Film Comp.
This is Edinburgh band, TIDINGS. I only discovered them a couple of weeks ago but love their sound - a very cinematic post-metal. Have a listen here - http://bit.ly/XSh3k9
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Zina Semenova, a Russian filmmaker and
musician who now lives in Virginia and runs the Film Career blog, 'an educational portal for filmmakers, creatives and independent thinkers', who
asked if I would write a piece aimed at those just starting out, on how I go
about writing short scripts. There's no rules and we all do it
slightly differently, but if you click on the logo you can see the published article and links to other resources on Zina's site.
Arthur Cant will be screened on Wed 20th at the House Gallery and Café, 70 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8QZ, as part of the Camberwell Shorts programme, part of the Camberwell Free Film Festival.
At 9pm (5pm there) tonight, Plagium will be part of the evening schedule at the Soul4Reel Film Festival in Maryland. At the same time, with any luck, Scotland will be stuffing France in their final 6 Nations game in Paris. Think I'll pour a glass of something.
Further to the previous post, delighted to hear that Kate Steel and Victoria Blunt have been cast as sisters Shona and Alison. Click on their photos to see their Spotlight profiles.
As Shona struggles to cope
with John, her unfaithful, violent and possessive husband, her main concern is
the health and wellbeing of their 8 year old son, Sam, who she’s determined to
shield from his father’s influence. When
John taunts her about his latest extra marital affair, she finds the
courage to ask yet again to be freed from the relationship, thereby setting in
motion a series of events that will change the family forever.
'Needs', directed by Amine Yahia Cherif, begins filming in London on 7th April.
KAJAKI the movie follows a group of soldiers during one day of their six month tour of Afghanistan.
on a true story, Kajaki is a modern British War Film depicting the
reality of life as British soldiers on tour in Afghanistan. Like the
best British war films of a by-gone era, Kajaki is a story of
camaraderie, the British wit under fire, and the heroism of a group of
young soldiers as they fight for their survival.
A day in which the heroism of their leader, Corporal Mark Wright, shone through with tragic consequences. Out of the tragedy came extraordinary tales of bravery and selflessness, not only of Corporal Wright but also his comrades, who risked their own lives to help fellow Paratroopers.
Mark was my cousin.
Cant is to be shown by the Heartland Film Society prior to the feature,
Incendies, on Thursday 4th April at 7.30pm at the Locus Centre in
Aberfeldy. It's an interesting pairing; "Incendies tells the powerful
and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted
hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love." Arthur Cant's about a man
who has difficulty using public toilets.
SMALL GIFTS will be part of the programme
of short films screening at the Underground
Cinema Season IV in Dun Laoghaire, on 28th February.
Click on images for more info on the film
and on the event.
26 Treasures, Arthur's Seat miniature coffins, National Museum of Scotland, Burke and Hare
26 Treasures, National Museum of Scotland, Arthur's Seat miniature coffins
26Treasures, National Museum of Scotland, Arthur Seat miniature coffins
26Treasures, National Museum of Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, The Book Cafe, Radio 4, Woman's Hour
Africa First, Focus Features, Caroline Kamya, Needs
Alistair Rutherford, Wildsound Feature Screenplay Comp, Edinburgh Skillset Screen and Media Academy
App-Media, Persona, iTunes, launch
App-Media, Persona, trailer
Arthur Cant, Incendies, Heartland Film Society, Aberfeldy
Arthur Cant, Short Com, Banshee Labyrinth
Arthur Cant, The Troubador, Jesse Quinnones, Fabio Dominguez
Arthur Cant, Woolfcub Productions, Quinones brothers
Arthur Cant, Woolfcub Productions, Tony Easley, Virgin Media Shorts
Arthur Cant, Write Shoot Cut, Neil Rolland, Jesse Quinnones, Fabio Dominguez
Bafta lecture series
Barbican Cinema, The Neighbours, New UK Talent, East End Film Festival.
BBC Radio Scotland, The Book Cafe, 26 Treasures, National Museum of Scotland, NMS
BBC Writers Academy,
BBC Writersroom, Script Room, Paul Ashton
Ben Macleod, Jonathan Readwin, Jon Readwin, Edge Haine Film Productions
Ben Ridolfi, Phil Derham, Rite of Passage
BFI Shorts, Ben Ridolfi, Phil Derham.
Black Watch, Gregory Burke, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife
Bluecat Screenplay Competition, Just Cause
Boat, Blue Iris Films, David Lumsden, Katie Crook
Brady Hood, Write Shoot Cut, Smal Gifts, Plagium, Ewan Mulligan
British Urban Film Festival, Arthur Cant, Jesse Quinones, Fabio Dominguez,
Broke But Making Films, Greg Hall, Paul Stevens, Plagium, Jason Flemyng, Write Shoot Cut
BUFF, British Urban Film Festival, Fabio Dominguez, Arthur Cant,
Calloused Hands, Jesse Quinnones, Woolfcub, blogtalkradio
Calloused Hands, Jesse Quinones, Fabio Dominguez, Andre Royo, Hans Howes
Calloused Hands, Miami New Times, Jesse Quinnones, Fabio Domingues
Camberwell Free Film Festival, Camberwell Shorts, Arthur Cant, Jesse Quinnones, Fabio Dominguez
Caroline Kamya, Imani, BFI Shorts
Cascade Pictures, Writers Couch
Cavendish Fante Picture Company, From the Horses Mouth: A Jailer's Tale,
Cavendish Fante Picture Company, John V Fante, Kirsten Cavendish, Best Evidence
Cavendish Fante, A Jailer's Tale, Best Evidence, John V Fante, Kirsten Cavendish
Cavendish Fante, Best Evidence, Jim Mackintosh, JC Mackintosh Photography
Clare Kerr, Mead Kerr, www.meadkerr.com
COFILMIC, Arthur Cant, Woolfcub Productions, Jesse Quinnones, Fabio Dominguez
David Bishop, The Book cafe, Radio 4,
David Lumsden, Boat
David Neville, BBC Radio
Deep Fried Film Festival, The Neighbours
Dog Pound, Kim Chapiron, Georges Bermann, Adam Butcher, Shane Kippel, Mateo Morales, Taylor Poulin
Dominion Cinema, Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Jason Flemyng, Plagium
East End Film Festival 2011, The Neighbours, Peter Mullan
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Multiple Choice, The Spaces, Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scottish Sperm, Megan Channell, Dylan Lamb, Samantha Steinmetz,
Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Plagium, Jason Flemyng, Brady Hood
Edinburgh Skillset Screen and Media Academy, David Bishop, Radio 4, The Book Cafe
EIFF Network, Creative Scotland, EIFF, Kate Leys
EIFF Network, EIFF, Creative Scotland, Skillset
EIFF Network, EIFFNetwork, Creative Scotland, Skillset
EIFF, EIFFNetwok, Kate Leys
EIFFNetwork, Network, Cineuropa
Elly Fairman, Ewen Mulligan
Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, Fears and Regrets
goNORTH, Small Gifts, Plagium, Arthur Cant, Brady Hood, Jesse Quinnones
Greg Hall, Paul Marlon, Paul Stevens, Ana Gonzalez Bello, Broke But Making Films, Communion
Hanna, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Joe Wright
Heartland Film Society, Aberfely Film Festival, Palme Dewar Short Film Competition, Arthur Cant,
Heartland Film Society, The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, Incendies, Arthur Cant
Inverness Film Festival, Peter Mullan, The Neighbours
Ivana Mackinnon, Kate Leys, Network
Ivana Mackinnon, The Network
Jason Flemyng, Azazel, X-Men:First Class, Plagium
Jason Flemyng, Elly Fairman, Plagium, Shooting People, Mark Cousins
Jason Flemyng, Mark Cousins, Shooting People, Plagium
Jason Flemyng, Plagium, Shooting People
Jim Broadbent, EIFF
Jim Jarmusch, Film-making advice, Movie Maker
John Waters, Shooting People, Small Gifts, Brady Hood, Joe Wright,
John Waters, Small Gifts, Shooting People, Film of the Month, Joe Wright
Kajaki, Mark Wright Project
Kate Leys, Bafta, Bafta Guru, EIFF Network
Kate Leys, EIFF Network, Creative Scotland, Skillset
Kate Leys, EIFF Network, Filmhouse
Killing Time, EIFF, Alan MacKenzie, Multiple Choice, Fiona Johnston, Lindsay McGee
Kristel Elling, Persona, Captain America
Landed Festival, Small Gifts, Plagium, Arthur Cant
Like Locard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Venue 53, John Yule
Like Locard, John Yule
Like Locard, Multiple Choice, John Yule, the Spaenue 53, Edinburgh Fringe, 2011
Limelight Film Awards, Arthur Cant, Jesse Quinnones, Fabio Dominguez, Woolfcub Productions
Limelight Film Awards, Arthur Cant, Munsur Ali, London Radio
Limelight Film Awards, Plagium, Jason Flemyng, Brady Hood
Limelight Film Awards, The French House, Big Joe Egan
Little Brother Productions, Little Brother's Big Opportunity,
Love Cake, Mandy Lee, Eleanor Yule, Selena Darke, Screen Academy Scotland
Malcolm Lindsay, Taggart
Mandy Lee, Playwrights Studio Scotland, Masterbaker, The Nine
Mark Wright Project
Miami International Film Festival, Calloused Hands, Jesse Quinnones, Andre Royo
Multiple Choice, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Tav MacDougall, Byre Theatre, St Andrews,
Multiple Choice, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Tav McDougal, Susan Coyle, Kirsty Strachan, Gem Ruzzak,
Multiple Choice, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Spaces at Surgeons Hall,
Multiple Choice, Gregory Burke, Black Watch, Edinburgh Festival Fringe,
Multiple Choice, Kirkcaldy
Needs, Amine Yahia Cherif
Needs, Amine Yahia Cherif, Kate Steel, Victoria Blunt, Ben Gardner Gray
Needs, Kate Steel, Victoria Blunt, Amine Yahia Cherif
No Dogs, Fragments, Terri-Ann Brumby
No Mean City, Edge Haine Productions
Palme Dewar, Jesse Quinnones, Fabio Dominguez, Arthur Cant
Persona Season 2, Casting Call
Peter Mullan, Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Cameo Cinema, The Neighbours
Peter Mullan, Harry Potter
Peter Mullan, Neds, Close
Plagium, Brady Hood, Explosive Sudios, Jason Flemyng, Apollo Cinema
Plagium, Brady Hood, Knighthood Films, Explosive Studios
Plagium, Brady Hood, Manike Music, Explosive Studios
Plagium, Jason Flemyng
Plagium, Jason Flemyng, Elizabeth Holland, Brady Hood, Joe Wright, Explosive Studios
Plagium, Jason Flemyng, Joe Wright, Seth Lochhead
Plagium, MovieBar, Brighton, Jason Flemyng
Plagium, Soul4Reel, Scotland, 6 Nations, Jason Flemyng
Reed, reed.co.uk, Ben Ridolfi, Quest
Ricky Gervais, Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais, Scotland on Sunday, The Office
Rite of Passage, Pet Productions, Phillip Derham, Ben Ridolfi
Scottish Screenwriters, Comedy Writing Opportunity
Screenwriting Goldmine Competition, Contact
Self Help, James Page
Small Gifts, Brady Hood, Underground Cinema, Dun Laighaire
Small Gifts, Shooting People, Film of the Month
Soul 4 Reel, Plagium, Jason Flemyng, Brady Hood, Explosive Films, Shoebox Films
Spread the Word, Ben Ridolfi, Phil Derham, Reed.co.uk short film competition.
Startacus, Scottish Screenwriter
Terri-Ann Brumby, The Benefit of Time, Radio 4, Afternoon Drama
The Benefit of Time, Terri-Ann Brumby, New Wimbledon Theatre
The Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Multiple Choice
The Byre, St Andrews, Multiple Choice,
The Coaching HGouse, Jo Calman, BBC Writersroom
The Drayton Arms South Kensington,
The Fear, Peter Mullan, Richard Cottan, Michael Samuels,
The First Movie, Mark Cousins, Gill Parry, Iraq,
The Frank Deasy Award, Looking after Jo Jo, David McKay, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,
The Lewis Coastal Film Festival, The Neighbours, Peter Mullan
The National Theatre of Scotland, The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart, David Greig, David McKay
The Neighbours, Adelaide Film Festival, Peter Mullan
The Neighbours, Peter Mullan, Gary Lewis, Davy McKay, Southside Film Festival, Close, Fridge
The Neighbours, Peter Mullan, Vicky Masson, Adelaide Film Festival
The Neighbours, Southside Film Festival, Karen O'Hare, Peter Mullan, Davy McKay
The Neighbours, The Lewis Coasta Film Festival, Peter Mullan
Tidings, Edinburgh, cinematic, post-metal
Troubador Club, Arthur Cant, Woolfcub Productions, Jesse Quinnones, Fabio Dominguez
Tulalip Tribes Legacy of Healing, Small Gifts, Cabrini Artero
University of the West of Scotland, School of Creative and Cultural Industries,
Virgin Media Shorts, Arthur Cant, Woolfcub Productions
Virgin Media Shorts, Fabio Dominguez, Arthur Cant, Indie Friendly
Virgin Media Shorts, Woolfcub Productions, Arthur Cant
Whats Your Persona, Whatsyourpersona, Persona
Woolfcub Productions, Commonwealth Broadcast Association, Jesse Daniel Quinones, The Shoeshine Girls
Woolfcub Productions, Fabio Dominguez, Arthur Cant,
Write Shoot Cut Awards
Write Shoot Cut, Neil Rolland
Write Shoot Cut, Neil Rolland, Plagium, Jason Flemyng, Brady Hood
Write Shoot Cut, Plagium, Jason Flemyng, Neil Rolland, Brady Hood
Zina Semenova, Film Career, short script advice, how to write a short script