• Create 50 - The Impact

    It was really difficult choosing a script from the finalists of the Create 50 – the Impact. After much deliberation I chose UP UP AND AWAY. These scripts are short, 2 to 3 pages, but just because they are short doesn’t mean they are easy to film. This one posed many technical challenges.

    We planned to have a technical rehearsal for Up Up and Away on Saturday 17th March with the actual shoot date on 18th - weather permitting. Well, weather did not permit. With snow expected and freezing temperatures we decided to postpone the shoot date until the following Sunday, 25th March but went ahead with the technical rehearsal on 17th.

    A number of challenges faced us, mainly involving the chair lifting into the air with actor (Brian O’Connell) on board. It was time for the game to commence in trial terms so we trooped out to inspect the pitch. The snow was falling fast and those words in the script came to mind:


    An azure sky filled with puffy clouds.

    Rita discusses the chair lift with Geoff Bentley, tree surgeon, who knows all about pulleys and knots.

    She also wanted to try out lifting the chair on poles.

    Sharing a giggle.

    It was at that point we decided to return the sheep to the field and for us to go indoors.

    We then had some fun trying out the green screen.

    And Brian practised falling from the chair.

    We did manage to film on Sunday 25th March despite a strong, and very cold, wind.

    More on that later.

  • February

    February already and it’s only 7 months until the London Screenwriters’ Festival. This year the dates are: 7th, 8th and 9th September with a full programme in the week before. Check it out at: www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com

    I’ve got a short film to make in time for the Create 50 – The Impact – but what to choose?


    Don’t forget to check out the competitions page.

    Happy writing.


  • Christmas is coming soon.

    Christmas is coming soon.

    Another year almost gone. Oh, and I’ve just looked out the window and seen the first few snowflakes. Not sticking though but mighty cold.

    It’s been a not bad year writing-wise for me with scripts being in the finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals of various competitions.

    Things are hotting up for the Create 50 – The Impact initiative, with a deadline of 30th April 2018 for people to make and submit short films. https://www.impact50film.com

    If you are bored and wondering what to do then check out the competitions page. There are some interesting competitions with deadlines during December and January.

    As always, enjoy your writing. Remember – a diamond is a lump of coal that hung around longer.


  • Halloween

    Halloween is almost upon us. If you like reading scary stuff then you can’t go wrong with TWISTED 50 – which consists of 50 scary stories. You can buy the kindle version on Amazon for £1.99. Go to Amazon and type in Twisted 50 kindle and you’ll get to the Twisted Volume One page.

    If you prefer the book or audio version then this link will take you to the site: https://www.twisted50.com/

    Happy reading!

  • September 2017

    It’s been and gone. Another amazing London Screenwriters’ Festival – they do get better each year. If you are thinking about going to next years’ then if you are quick you can just get the Early Bird offer. And don’t forget that Ultra Early Bird Deal for LondonSWF'18… sign up now for £28 a month here…


    The dates are 7th, 8th and 9th September at Regents College, London.

    Go on – give yourself a treat!

    Happy writing.


  • August 2017

    I have recently completed the THRILLER course run by Hal Croasman of ScreenwritingU. Like all of Hal’s courses I would recommend this, though they don’t suit everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it and got some useful critiques for the thriller I am writing. www.screenwritingU.com

    It is almost time for the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2017. The results for the Actor’s Table Read are out and I’m delighted that my script ‘The Bahia Bracelet’ is one of them. This is included as part of the festival. You submit 3-4 pages, max, of script for a maximum of 4 actors then you get a one hour session with a director and actors as they workshop your script.

    The London Screenwriters’ Festival is taking place during the weekend of 15th, 16th and 17th September at Regents College, London. www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com If you haven’t been before it is worth it. If it is too late for you this year, think seriously about next year. As soon as this festival is over you can take advantage of buying an ‘early bird’ ticket for next year, spread over 10 payments it is painless.

    Good luck with your writing.

  • Twisted50 Volume 2.

    I am delighted to be one of the shortlisted writers for Twisted50 Volume 2.


    The Way He Walks and Dead Ringer are the two stories I submitted. With The Way He Walks being shortlisted.

    I tried writing for this genre when the initial Twisted50 was launched and I really enjoyed it. In fact I am now developing one of the story ideas I had in to a horror feature film.

  • The Breaking of Liam Glass

    The Breaking of Liam Glass by Charles Harris. A debut novel. What a great read.

    I have known Charles for years and mentioned on this blog last year his book about pitching called ‘Jaws in Space’ which was released last year.

    Now his novel The Breaking of Liam Glass is due to be released this Thursday, 29th June. I had the good fortune to be one of the reviewers and loved it.

    This is what I said on Amazon: “This is a well-researched, witty, insightful book, a crime story with a twist and a look into journalism and general life in one of the poorer areas of London. The world it represents has recently been brought into focus with the tragic circumstances of Grenfell Tower. I would highly recommend this book and I look forward to Charles’ second novel.”

    You can buy the book here: Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2tRrBrq

    Charles was saying that the novel was inspired by a short story he wrote years ago about a young lad, a promising footballer who was stabbed. As these things do the story grew and the novel that emerged is a crime-satire - not so much a Whodunnit as a What-they-did-after-it. The story of the 24 hours after that teenage footballer, now called Liam Glass, was stabbed and is lying in a coma, and the piranhas - Jason and worse - who try to use Liam’s story to forward their careers.

    And Jason, a desperate journalist, has revealed himself to be a fascinating mix of comic hero and anti-hero, someone you want to succeed almost despite yourself. A young man whose heart is in the right place and yet faced with enormous moral tests which he doesn’t always pass.

    Keep on writing.


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