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22,May
2017

Cannes 2017: Day 3

Cannes 2017 diary Day 1 here, Day 2 here. Despite our quite frankly amateur drinking session the night before (mixing champagne, cocktails, beer and wine) we’re up bright eyed and bushy tailed for our first meeting of the day, which turns out to be a networking tennis event with a financing company. Alas, we’re not…... Read more
21,May
2017

Cannes 2017: Day 2

Our official day 2 (Tim’s insistent it’s only day 1 but that was here) begins with a bit of a false start as our first meeting fails to show up AT THEIR OWN STAND. Is this a Cannes first? Someone not turning up at the place they’ve actually paid to allocate as their space? It’s…... Read more
20,May
2017

Cannes 2017: Day 1

Last year, our arrival in Cannes was our first official day because we LEFT SO GODDAMN EARLY and arrived for a full onslaught of activity. This year, it’s a lot more respectable as I pick up Tim at 9.30am and make a leisurely drive to Gatwick, hitting the North Terminal car park at around 12pm.…... Read more
17,May
2017

Cannes 2017: Key Prep

We’re off to Cannes on Friday so you can expect more diary blogs like last year (re-live the thrilling experience of triple burgers, script deadlines and rogue snorers here). By ‘we’, I mean me and Tim Clague. Regular readers will know that we wrote, produced and directed Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? together and it proved…... Read more
10,April
2017

Nelson Nutmeg, OUT NOW!

The wait is over. Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is available to buy/rent/download RIGHT NOW via the following platforms: iTunes Amazon Google Sky Store ASDA DVD from 1st May There’s no excuse NOT to see it. If you don’t know what Nelson Nutmeg is, it’s me and Tim Clague’s debut family film (the making of which…... Read more
05,April
2017

How To Get An Agent, 3 Key Tips!

(Psst: review/rate Nelson Nutmeg on Amazon, thanks!) The ultimate catch-22 of screenwriting: you want an agent. The agent’s not interested until you’ve got some work. But it’s incredibly difficult to get work without an agent. So what do you do? Here are 3 key tips (plus 2 podcasts and another blog link at the end!…... Read more
21,March
2017

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Writing Documentaries

In this month’s podcast, we chat to filmmaker Joe Martin about making documentaries, and specifically how screenwriting comes into play for the format/genre. Plus, Joe talks about making the transition into fiction with his debut feature ‘Us and Them‘ which had its world premiere at SXSX recently. Listen here or via the embed below. The…... Read more
07,March
2017

Short Film Festival Strategy

Someone asked me about what kind of festival strategy you should have once you have a short film in the can, so here are a few thoughts on that very subject. But first, here’s a photo of me directing a few trees on the set of my award-winning short film Origin. Look how I get…... Read more
22,February
2017

UK Scriptwriters Podcast: Treehouse Digital

In the latest UK Scriptwriters Podcast, we chat to writing duo (and married couple), Natalie Conway & Pete Stanley-Ward. They’re part of the Treehouse Digital team, and they share their unique and fascinating journey from making their own DIY shorts, to making their debut feature, to the Creative England funded short Litterbugs, and maintaining their…... Read more
15,February
2017

Working For Free?

Much as it angers and frustrates writers, agents and the Writers’ Guild, there simply is no getting around the fact that, at some stage, you’re going to have to work for free. This especially applies if you’re starting out as a screenwriter but even if you’re a seasoned scribe, sometimes you just have to pucker…... Read more
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