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Out There selected for European Genre Forum

Delighted to hear that Out There has been selected as one of eight European feature projects in development to take part in the European Genre Forum (  Amsterdam, Zagreb and Tallin, here we come.

"European Genre Forum is a pan-european project organized by Black Nights Film Festival from Tallinn (among 15 world A festivals); Imagine Film Festival from Amsterdam (biggest festival for fantastic film in the Netherlands); Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival (largest genre festival in the SEE region) and film consultancy company Screen Division from Paris.

The main goal of this international project is to connect young and upcoming, as well as already proven, European film talents. Producers, directors, screenwriters and others i.e. development, promotion and financial support of film, television and web projects with a strong European and regional focus, as well as international co-productions beyond European framework through cooperation with European film funds, national film centers, production studios etc."

Out There - pitching at GFF

There's been a couple of positive developments with our feature, Out There, recently. And now we've been invited to pitch the project at the Open Pitch event at the Glasgow Film Festival on 23 Feb -  Katie Crook from Blue Iris and I will face the panel while director, David Lumsden is off filming in the Caribbean (lucky *******!!).  That's David and myself filming our bit for the video element of the pitch (evidence, if any were needed, that we belong behind the camera).

Breakneck Films documentary, #sugarwater

As we continue to develop our feature, Pandion, Breakneck Films are as busy as ever.  On Sunday I saw their excellent documentary feature, #Sugarwater, at the Glasgow Film Festival.  #Sugarwater is a behind the scenes look at deaf and disabled theatre company, Graeae ( and their staging of the play, The Solid Life of Sugar Water.  It's powerful stuff and well worth a viewing. 

Torn in Hollywood

Pleased to hear that our short film, Torn, has been selected for the Mindfield Film Festival in Los Angeles. It's not a huge festival but an interesting aside is that it takes place at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood where old classics like Perry Mason and Gunsmoke were filmed.

Brady Hood and Eva Riley, Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow, 2016

Really pleased to hear that Brady Hood, director of two of my short scripts (Small Gifts and Plagium - see 'short films') and Eva Riley, a fellow Screen Academy Scotland graduate, have both been named as Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow.  Couldn't have happened to two nicer folk.  Click on Brady's photo to read more.    

Jeff Bernstein could be the composer you're looking for.

Jeff Bernstein is someone I hope to collaborate with in the not too distant future.  In the 80's, he was a member of the band, White China, today he's a composer, working from his studio in Fife and his work is perfectly suited to film.  If you're looking for a composer, have a look at Jeff's site and get in touch.


Great to hear that, Torn, is through to the finals of the Moving Pictures Festival in Antwerp and will be in competition on Friday night.

Like We Used To

A couple of screen grabs from the latest short, Like We Used To, directed by Monica Gonzalez-Carter and produced by Francesca Alber.

Out There - location recces begin

Great to have started location hunting with director, David Lumsden for our feature, Out There.  These two are looking good and we're off to see some probables on the Western Isles next month. 


The latest short, Torn, is now ready and being submitted to festivals.  Here's actor, Gareth Morrison who appears in the film along with director, Craig-James Moncur at the launch of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Wednesday night.

Torn - screen-grabs

A couple of screen-grabs from the latest filming of the short film, Torn.
Actors John Kielty and Gareth Morrison giving it their all.

New poster for Pandion

Poster for Pandion, a feature film in development with Breakneck Productions.

Filming begins on 'Torn'


The latest short film,'Torn' began filming yesterday. It's my first collaboration with Director Craig James Moncur (on his knees by the car and left).  The cast includes, Robert Williamson (pictured above in the television series Outlander).  More info and pics to follow.

26 team up with Good 2 Give and Museum of Childhood.

The charity 'It's Good 2 Give' aim to build a purpose-built respite house for young people with cancer and their families. I was pleased to be part of the writers organisation, #26, who teamed up with G2G and the Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh to develop the 26 Children's Winters exhibition (currently showing at the MoC - entry is free). If you can't get along to see the exhibition, it can be viewed advent-calendar style by clicking on the It's Good 2 Give logo, where you can also make a small donation to an amazing charity.

#26 Writers Exhibition / Book Week Scotland

This year I was pleased to be asked to contribute a piece for the 26 Childrens Winter Exhibition at the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh (run by  It's nice to see that the event has been chosen as 1 of the 5 events to catch during ‪#‎BookWeekScot‬ by Society of Young Publishers Scotland.  Click on the image for more info.

Small Q&A on See Short Films

Many thanks to Laura Anderson at See Short Films for putting Small Gifts up on her site along with a short Q&A.  (Click on the SSF logo above to see both). Laura herself is a busy and talented writer, actress, filmmaker and blogger.  You can follow her on Twitter  - @missread

OUT THERE promotional image

The promotional image for Out There, created by Andrei Staruiala, a feature script in development with director David Lumsden that's now been optioned by Blue Iris Films.  I'll be pitching the project to Execs at the London Screenwriters Festival later in the week.   

Nice post from Breakneck Films

Well I've definitely read worse Facebook posts.  Thanks a lot Jo at Breakneck Films (  Looking forward to further developing the feature, Pandion with the Breakneck team.

Prion - quarterfinalist in the Bahamas International Film Festival Screenwriters Residency

Prion is a project that I've been developing, along with Director, David Lumsden and Producer, Andy Maas for some time. To date the script has travelled with Dave and Andy to Director / Producer Labs at the Edinburgh IFF and the Rotterdam IFF and later this year is off to the Toronto IFF. Just learned that it's through to the quarterfinals of the Bahamas International Film Festival's Screenwriter's Residency Programme -  

At EIFF 2015 opening night

Full-on day yesterday - attended the Scottish Film Summit, then then later went to the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival Opening Party and the screening of Robert Carlyle's, The Legend of Barney Thomson.  Met up with former Screen Academy Scotland pals, Laura Anderson and Mandy Lee.  Both excellent writers and Laura is now also turning her hand to acting.  She's in a new feature film (now in post) and is rehearsing a play about to be staged in Edinburgh (watch this space).

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