Rom-com and sci-fi top industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.
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Romantic comedy Matinee Idol by writer Richard Galazka and sci-fi Gateway 6 by Malachi Smyth lead this year’s Brit List, the industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.
Both scripts recorded nine industry votes to top the list.
Rooks Nest Entertainment are producing Matinee Idol, about a cinephile who tries to win a girl’s heart by pretending to be someone he’s not, only to learn that it takes more than grand gestures to turn fantasy into reality.
Sentinel Entertainment are behind futuristic sci-fi Gateway 6, in which on a war-ravaged Earth, four soldiers man the last bastion – an outpost in a sea-covered continent.
Jay Basu’s The Pier, produced by 42, and Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ Aether, from FilmNation, followed with eight votes.
The list is compiled by a combination of UK producers, agents, distributors and sales companies.
There were 140 entries with 34 scripts making the grade.
In order to qualify scripts must receive three or more votes, be unproduced (not shooting) at the time of the list’s circulation, be written by a non-US writer and not have featured in previous Brit Lists.
Brit List 2014
MATINEE IDOL by Richard Galazka (unrepresented) Producers: Rooks Nest Entertainment Genre: Romantic Comedy Summary: Inspired by his favourite rom-coms, a cinephile tries to win a girl’s heart by pretending to be someone he’s not, only to learn that it takes more than grand gestures to turn fantasy into reality.
GATEWAY 6 by Malachi Smyth (JAB Management) Producers: Sentinel Entertainment Genre: Sci-fi Summary: Set in the future, on a war-ravaged Earth, four soldiers man the last bastion – an outpost in a sea-covered continent – awaiting relief or the enemy, whichever comes first. But as the empty weeks turn to months, a paranoia descends that tests relationships to breaking, especially with the arrival of a mysterious boat…
THE PIER by Jay Basu (42) & David Bowers (Independent Talent Group) Producers: 42 Genre: Action Adventure Summary: Family adventure movie set on a British seaside pier. In the vein of The Goonies.
AETHER by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (United Agents) Producers: Film Nation Entertainment Genre: Sci-fi Summary: A device invented for capturing sounds of the past is used to track violent crimes of the present.
FASTEST WAY DOWN by Philip J Booth (Curtis Brown Group) Producers: Newscope Films Genre: Heist Summary: Set on the ski slopes of Switzerland, a team comes together to steal a lock box full of diamonds that is being transported to a ski hotel to be smuggled over the border.
SICK ROBOT by Paul Valnay (Sheil Land Associates) Producers: Stigma Films/Met Film Genre: Sci-fi Summary: A thriller about a robot in quarantine.
THE TRIAL OF QUEEN CAROLINE by Matthew Faulk (Dench Arnold) & Mark Skeet (Dench Arnold) Producers: Working Title Genre: Historical Drama Summary: The true story of Caroline of Brunswick’s return to England to face accusations of adultery by her estranged husband, the newly ascended King George IV, and her ensuing relationship with the ambitious young barrister defending her unlikely corner, Henry Brougham.
THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF by Gaby Chiappe (Blake Friedmann) Producers: Number 9 Films/Wildgaze Films/BBC Films Genre: Romantic Comedy Summary: A love story set against the making of a propaganda film in WWII.
SWIMMING WITH MEN by Aschlin Ditta (Independent Talent Group) Producers: Met Film/Shoebox Films Genre: Comedy-Drama Summary: Comedy drama about a male synchronized swimming team.
COME MONDAY, WE KILL THEM ALL by Michael Kinirons (United Agents) & Jamie Hannigan (Casarotto) Producers: Currently available Genre: Noir Summary: Dublin 1916. The search for the missing daughter of an old flame unexpectedly draws Harry Coyne – a street-wise smuggler – into a labyrinthine world of espionage, betrayal, murder, and ultimately, revolution.
CLEAN by Matt Orton (The Agency) Producers: Qwerty Films Genre: Thriller Summary: A disillusioned city slicker posing as a window cleaner seeks revenge against his manipulative ex-employer, only to find himself implicated in a series of murders and stranded, 400ft up, on the outside of London’s Shard.
A LITTLE MUSIC by Lydia Adetunji (Knight Hall Agency) Producers: Shine Pictures UK/Film Four Genre: Horror Summary: Psychological horror set in Bavaria 1945, inspired by a true story.
MEN OF STEEL by David Chidlow (Sheil Land Associates) Producers: Campfire Stories/Bard Entertainment/BFI Genre: Drama Summary: The true story of Jimmy Reid and his union colleagues determined to save the Clyde Docks.
THE DEATH ENGINE by Melissa Iqbal (Casarotto) Producers: Currently available Genre: Sci-fi Summary: In a world where forever never ends, Lily lives the perfect immortal life. But when she’s diagnosed with the melancholia, the incurable desire to die, she must call the notorious Death Engine.
SEEKERS by Arinze Kene (The Agency) Producers: Poisson Rouge Pictures Genre: Thriller Summary: Romantic thriller set in London’s migrant community. A cab driver puts his life on the line to help a mother and her teenage son.
MR CHARTWELL by Kelly Marcel (Casarotto) Producers: Endor Productions/Seemore Ltd Genre: Comedy Drama Summary: Winston Churchill’s ‘black dog’ taunts the former Prime Minister as it stalks a lonely young parliamentary librarian. Can Churchill rouse himself for one last battle?
SLAMMER by Alan McKenna (United Agents) Producers: Carole Sheridan Genre: Thriller Summary: A prison-set thriller based on the novel by Allan Guthrie.
BULLDOG DRUMMOND by Tom MacRae (The Agency) Producers: Beagle Pug/BFI Genre: Action Summary: A reboot of the classic novels by Sapper.
VIVLING by Sameera Steward (Independent Talent Group) Producers: MGR Films Genre: Biopic Summary: The intimate character study of an iconic film star’s prevailing passion through her silent battle with mental illness.
OVER THE BAR by Hugh Travers (The Lisa Richards Agency) Producers: Dan Films/Deadpan Pictures/Irish Film Board Genre: Comedy Drama Summary: An American football coach who falls from grace is forced to hide in Ireland, only to find himself training a local Gaelic football team.
KILLER CV by Joy Wilkinson (Berlin Associates) Producers: Jeva Films Genre: Thriller Summary: A wannabe journalist and CV writer discovers a potentially explosive story while interviewing an executive at a chemical firm.
TRANSMISSION by Joe Alexander (Valerie Hoskins Associates) & Andy Amfo (Valerie Hoskins Associates) Producers: Beck Farhall & Sarah Radclyffe Genre: Drama Summary: The relationship of two brothers set against the backdrop of the early Garage music scene.
OUTSIDE THE WIRE by Rowan Athale (42) & Rob Yescombe (Curtis Brown Group) Producers: 42/Automatik Genre: Sci-fi Summary: In the near future a young remote drone operator is sent out into the field with a newly-developed android soldier as his commanding officer. As the soldier starts to suspect that the android has turned rogue, he is forced to think for himself and disobey orders for the first time in order to save himself and the world.
THE SCIENCE OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER by Sam Baron (Curtis Brown Group) Producers: Currently available Genre: Comedy-Drama Summary: Comedy-drama about love, loss and companionship: a neuroscientist, trapped in the wrong relationship, finally decides to ask his wife for a divorce – but before he can, he discovers she has cancer. He becomes determined to save their marriage – but is that the right thing to do?
THE GEE GEES by Kevin Barry (Aitken Alexander Associates) Producers: Element Pictures/Irish Film Board Genre: Comedy Drama Summary: A father and son horse-racing team have one last chance at winning big, but this pair are born losers and the odds are against them.
SHE WHO BRINGS GIFTS by Mike Carey (Ki Agency) Producers: Golden Arrow Pictures/BFI Genre: Sci-fi Thriller Summary: 10-year-old Melanie could be the end of the human race, but she might just be a new beginning.
LION by Luke Davies (UTA) Producers: See-Saw Films/The Weinstein Company Genre: Drama Summary: The true story of Saroo, who after being separated from his family in the lands of India at the age of 5, grows up in Australia to eventually embark upon a quest to find his mother using Google maps.
HHhH by David Farr (Curtis Brown Group) Producers: Adama Pictures/Legende Films Genre: Political Wartime Thriller Summary: Based on the book of the same name by Laurent Binet, the true story behind the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the most dangerous man in Hitler’s cabinet known as the “Butcher of Prague”.
SILENCERS by Matt Greenhalgh (Independent Talent Group) Producers: Origin Pictures/BFI Genre: Thriller Summary: Two mismatched, unarmed cops break the rules to take down the armed gangs of Manchester.
MARINADE by Jeff Povey (Valerie Hoskins Associates) Producers: Dan Films Genre: Romantic Comedy Summary: Bridget Jones meets Ghost in this comic cooking caper.
ALICE IN LA LA LAND by Tamzin Rafn (Casarotto) Producers: Oakheart Films Genre: Comedy Summary: A Geordie girl discovers her real Dad is a Hollywood A-lister.
SONIA by Nick Stafford (The Agency) Producers: Montebello Productions Genre: Thriller Summary: A dangerous woman with nothing left to lose decides to settle some scores.
THE INVERNESIAN by Simon Stephenson (Knight Hall Agency) Producers: Rooks Nest Entertainment Genre: Comedy Summary: Two estranged brothers set off on a road trip around Scotland in search of youth hostels, brotherly redemption and somewhere they can bury a body.
THE NINE LIVES OF LOUIS WAIN by Simon Stephenson (Knight Hall Agency) Producers: Shoebox Films/SunnyMarch Genre: Biopic Summary: An emotional tale of love, art and obsession following the rise and fall of the eccentric Louis Wain, the Victorian painter of cats.