Fascinated by the technique of scriptwriting as a form of professional writing during my final Masters, I  dipped my toes in the water and finally found my feet as a scriptwriter by writing what I know…

DEALING WITH IT…

My latest scriptwriting project undergoing development into a short film began life as a play…

We live in a turbulent social & political period, and many of us are challenged by circumstance. 

Set in Cornwall this short film explores the actions of good people in bad times.

When a young drug dealer, scarred by circumstance and striving to survive on a deprived social housing estate is beaten up, an unlikely bond is formed when the bitter elderly woman who has been watching him, helps him to escape.

Margaret has been forced to downsize following the death of her husband and the discovery of his gambling addiction. After losing her home to pay his debts she relocates from her large detached house in Surrey to be closer to her son in Cornwall. Her new home a two bedroomed apartment in a once-elegant Regency captain’s house which sits at the edge of a social housing estate, but it is far below the standard of the house she was used to.

With no husband, an unempathetic son and an alien environment, she struggles to cope with her new world and angrily hankers after her more comfortable past and the better life she could have had if she had been invited to live with her son.

With only the TV and life outside of her window to entertain her, Margaret becomes increasingly outraged and isolated by the behaviour of a group of youths who gather across the road from her house.

Her life subsequently changes when she witnesses an attack on one of the teens and intervenes to help him. A relationship forms between them and the bond strengthen as she learns that Tom is also a victim of circumstance. Their subsequent friendship helps Margaret comes to terms with her situation and embrace life. She, in turn, helps Tom get his own life back on track.

 

Owls Head

A gentle thriller is based in two eras and three countries, which explores the theme of  …’ the desire for a different life.’

A death, a secret journal and surprising legacy begin a husband’s journey to rediscover his life and a daughter’s journey to uncover the uncomfortable truth of her mother’s past.

Recently adapted from a novel of the same name, Owls Head has been reworked to fit both a 4-6 part closed end TV serial & feature film format. Set in the beautiful landscapes of England, France and Canada, Owls Head reveals an intriguing backstory of love, betrayal and death set in the late sixties alongside a present-day quest to discover what a recently bereaved husband and daughter want from their new lives.

Seasons

My final term project is a fictionalised adaptation of my ten-year experience as a chalet host.

A visually rich light-hearted comedy-drama which follows the life of a typical English family, with a love of outdoor life and the community of seasoners who surround them.

Written as a long-running HE TV comedy-drama, this series combines the unpredictable comedy of visiting guests similar to ChaletGirl, with the stunning alpine scenery of Force Majeure and the issues of family displacement as explored in  800 Words.

This fictionalised adaptation immerses the Jones family in a series of unexpected situations as they cope with their first season running their dream ski chalet in the French Alps. Lost guests, avalanches, broken legs, crazy hen weekends and rowdy corporate groups provide a comic element to the lives of the family as they try to maintain normality to their life in the Mountains of France.

If you would like to discover the research behind the story planning for Seasons, please take a look my journal entries below…

Mile High

A short film script which tackles the lack of privacy in today’s social media-obsessed society, and throws light on the disparity between the sexes in the workplace that continues to dominate media headlines.

A thirty-something account manager faces discrimination, loses her job and is forced to rebuild her life when wrongly implicated in a social media sex scandal.

This short film introduces a relaxed carefree family and friends on a ski holiday. However, when the husband and wife return to suburbia their lives are turned upside down by a social media posting of Ben’s sexual encounter in a ski lift. Serena, presumed to be the woman in the video, faces unwanted, intrusive attention from her colleagues and is pushed to the limit when propositioned by a colleague. When she lashes out she faces disciplinary action which could end her career, the couple’s life is blown apart and their failing marriage is exposed.

 

 

Journal Entries

SEASONS New to the game I have only dabbled briefly with scriptwriting in the past when adapted the first few chapters of my unpublished novel for a university project. My second project in this genre of writing was far more adventurous and time-consuming. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do. An […]

SEASONS I never need an excuse to sit down and binge watch TV, but researching with a critical eye to evaluate the craft behind the characters, structure, and plots meant I really needed to pay attention. The obvious place to start was with some of the most relevant more famous sitcoms such as Fawlty Towers, […]

SEASONS All the investigation into TV series prompted me to throw myself into the library and Scriptmag, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (by Syd Field) and Writing Long-running Television Series: v. 1  (by Julian Friedmann) to identify the real differences between TV series and sitcoms. The boundaries are definitely greying, but the overall differences are that […]

SEASONS Some of the situations our family faced in the Alps were almost too ridiculous, despite being real and this is often a problem with adapting material from true life. As highlighted in Writing Scripts for Television, Radio, and Film (by Edgar E Willis and Camille D’Arienzo), there is a fine line between the boring, […]

SEASONS It’s not all about the plot though. Characters can make or break a TV series. They need to be complex and how they react to situations will not only determine their values but reveal who they really are. The audience can love them or hate them, but they need to feel a connection. Character […]