I love to discuss screenplays and the many different approaches to storytelling that cinema offers. I’m always looking for someone with whom I could develop new stories with as well as refine my existing scripts.
If something in my story outlines (see below) appeals to you and you’d like to know more – or if you feel I might be able to help you with your own writing just get in touch – it would be good to hear from you.
A Democracy of Cells (short feature)
Most of us have some notion of where we would like our own lives to lead us. But imagine you’re the leader of a developing country with an ambitious vision for your people’s future. How do you become sure of a plan that others will work to realise on a massive scale? What forces will disturb its actual realisation? How far into the future are you actually concerned with?
Set in a fictional land between Africa and the Middle East, A Democracy of Cells takes you through a tense power play of forces to explore these questions. The story uses the interplay of three characters: an all-powerful president who wishes to see his people rise from poverty (and create his nation’s first democracy), his estranged daughter – a powerful political figure with her own party and her own vision and his faithful son – a neurosurgeon who must oversee the removal a tumour from his father’s brain… An additional fourth character – an unseen female interrogator brings a more timeless point-of-view to the drama.
Despite its seemingly fantastical setting, A Democracy of Cells is intended as a low budget short feature (35 minutes) with much of the documentary imagery that the President is forced to face in his interrogation scenes – having already been shot.
Warsaw Story (drama feature)
Like fish in a tightening net: a chain of subtle phenomena leads Janek – a young Polish nurse – to meet Eva, a Hungarian dealer in psychoactive plants. But as they enthusiastically set about discovering each other’s worlds – the laws governing the everyday reality begin to warp and distort around them.
In response to these inexplicable changes they silently agree to form pact of ignorance – preferring to share their most intimate memories and observations with each other. The closer they grow the more sinister and profound the changes to the external world become – until in the final act they are forced to try to flee a city whose appearance grows more holocaustal by the hour.
This final attempt to conserve the acceptance they have found in each other becomes a harrowing test of their inner natures – as the darkening reality confronts them with spectres from their pasts, forces them redefine what they are capable of and drops their new-found bond into a furnace.
Stories in development
Tallinn Story (short drama)
A frustrated young man tries to overcome his fears in order to make his first protest speech in public. Meanwhile, having just made a televised address an established politician finds himself under house arrest. The two men encounter each other by chance near a cliff edge.
Budapest Story (feature drama/thriller)
Partially deafened in a past operation, an interpol agent struggles to separate the conflicting voices he hears as his team race to hunt down the perpetrators of an apparent terrorist attack.