The Brit List Scripts 2011 Industrial Scripts November 9, 2011 Film/TV News, List Based Articles 4 Comments As in previous years, the UK and Irish film community have compiled a list of their most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays that make up the Brit List Scripts 2011. Out of over 160 screenplays nominated the projects below achieved the 3 votes or more needed in order to appear on the list. In order to qualify for the Brit List Scripts 2011, a screenplay had to: a) receive 3 or more votes b) be unproduced (not shooting) at the time of the list’s circulation c) be written by any writer who is non US, and d) not have featured on previous Brit Lists Where known, producers have been named alongside the screenplays. Genre and summary information has also been provided at the discretion of the producers involved with the projects that have secured a place on the Brit List Scripts 2011. Every effort has been made to supply accurate information, and apologies are made in advance for any inaccuracies or misspellings. 10 VOTES THE CALL UP by Charles Baker (Marjacq) Producers: Stigma Films Genre: Sci-fi Horror Summary: A group of online gamers are invited to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality sim, but what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge video technology – a perfect representation of soldiers in a warzone – takes a turn for the sinister when the stakes are raised to fatal. These masters of the shoot ‘em up will have to fight for their lives within a game gone too far: this time it’s for real. 8 VOTES ORDINARY THUNDERSTORMS by William Boyd (The Agency) Producers: Origin Pictures/BBC Films Genre: Thriller Summary: An innocent man on the run across London is forced to go underground in an attempt to evade his dangerous pursuers. Based on William Boyd’s internationally best-selling novel. 7 VOTES LILTING THE PAST by Hong Khaou (unrepresented) Producers: Dominic Buchanan Summary: A story about loss, memory, love and intimacy. A mothers attempt at understanding who her son is after his untimely death. OLIVIA AND JIM by Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth (United Agents) Producers: Forward Films Genre: Comedy 6 VOTES MAN UP by Tess Morris (Julia Tyrell Management) Producers: Big Talk Productions/Studio Canal Genre: Romantic Comedy TUSK TUSK by Polly Stenham (Alan Brodie Representation) Producers: Origin Pictures/Film4 Genre: Drama Summary: When three children are left to fend for themselves in a London flat, things start to spiral out of control. Based on Polly Stenham’s critically acclaimed stage play. X+Y by James Graham (Curtis Brown) Producers: Origin Pictures/BBC Films/ Minnow Films/BFI Genre: Drama/Coming-of-age Summary: A funny and moving rites of passage drama that charts a teenage prodigy’s journey to the Mathematics Olympiad, and his quest to find a formula for love. 5 VOTES SECOND IS NOWHERE by William Davies (ITG) Producers: AL Films/BBC Films Genre: Drama 4 VOTES BAD TRAFFIC by Jay Basu (ITG) Producers: David Gerson, Nick Wechsler and Rory Gilmartin Genre: Crime Thriller Summary: Former Chinese cop, JIAN arrives in London seeking revenge on snakehead criminal BLACK FORT, the man he holds responsible for the murder of his daughter. British undercover cop RAY picks up his trail, and must decide whether to stop Jian or let him do his dirty work for him. BAGHDAD WEDDING by Hassan Abdulrazzak (Knight Hall Agency) and Nick Drake (The Agency) Producers: Focus Features BURNTHAVEN by Sebastian Foster (United Agents) Producers: Cloud Eight Films Genre: Action/Western Summary: A Federal Marshal tracks his best friend’s murderer through the Utah badlands to an outlaw stronghold. To bring his man to justice, he must first take out 23 of the most lawless fugitives in the land – and their leader, a shadowy figure from his past. LIKE A VIRGIN by Catherine Shepherd (Curtis Brown) Producers: Kate Ogborn/Fly Film Genre: Coming-of-age/Comedy Summary: Mary is off her head on a night out when she is visited by the angel Gabriel who tells her that she has been chosen by God to give birth to the next Messiah. This time the Messiah won’t be born to a virgin. What happens when a girl who isn’t ready to grow up is chosen to save the world? ‘Like a Virgin’ is a coming-of-age comedy about the search for the sublime in the ridiculous, the meaningful in the mundane and the desire to believe in something bigger than ourselves. TESTAMENT OF YOUTH by Juliette Towhidi (Casarotto) Producers: Heyday Films/BBC Films Summary: An adaptation of the classic First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which tackles youth, hope, dreams, love, and loss, and tells the personal story of how one woman faces the tragedy of war, and rises above it. 3 VOTES AVAILABLE LIGHT by Amber Trentham (Casarotto) and Thomas Carty (Casarotto) Producers: Altered Image Films Genre: Romantic Thriller Summary: Joseph, a young ex-gardener is paralysed in a bike accident and his life seems all but over. When he is abducted by a brutal brothel owner to service the voyeurism of a perverse client Joseph’s life seems to have entered a deeper stage of hell. But Joseph and prostitute Ingrid fall in love and together plan to escape. THE BUCCANEERS by Heidi Thomas (The Agency) Producers: Ruby Films/BBC Films/BFI Genre: Romantic Drama Summary: Adapted from Edith Wharton’s classic, the story captures the adventures of three wealthy American girls. Unable to gain acceptance in the WASP-y East Coast society, they are taken by their English governess to hunt for titled husbands in her home country, where many an impoverished Duke and Earl will look fondly at an American girl with a fortune, wherever that fortune comes from…They soon find however that they may have bitten off more than they can chew, and Laura, the governess, is forced to make some hard choices to make things right. THE CHINESE BUSKER by Trevor Preston (The Agency) Producers: Kennedy Mellor Limited Genre: Thriller Summary: Dumas is a man without a history; a ghost operating in that no-man’s land between legal and criminal; a genius at providing unscrupulous corporate raiders with devastating information plucked from the air. Hirst is his final customer and becomes his nemesis. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by David Nicholls (ITG) Producers: DNA/BBC Films Genre: Period Drama Summary: An adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel THE GOOD PEOPLE by Nicholas Horwood (Berlin Associates) Producers: Escape Films Genre: Horror/Drama Summary: An American writer moves to rural England to escape his demons, only to find that he is haunted by a very real danger instead. I, MACROBANE by Ben Wheatley (ITG) Producers: Rook Films/Big Talk Productions Genre: Black Comedy THE INVISIBLE WOMAN by Abi Morgan (ITG) Producers: Headline Pictures/Magnolia Mae Films/BBC Films/BFI Genre: Romantic Drama Summary: The story of Victorian England’s most famous author, Charles Dickens, and his secret love affair with young actress Nelly Ternan. MISS YOU ALREADY by Morwenna Banks (The Agency) and Paul Andrew Williams (United Agents) Producers: Embargo Films/Salt Summary: Miss You Already is a film about love, loss and laughter. A MOST WANTED MAN by Andrew Bovell (HLA) Producers: The Ink Factory/Potboiler Productions/ Film4 Genre: Thriller Summary: Adaptation of John le Carré’s bestselling novel. An enigmatic figure arrives in Hamburg with unclear objectives and the keys to a safe deposit box containing a fortune. He sweeps an embittered spy, a British banker and an idealistic young lawyer into a thrilling and moving mystery about his identity. OUR KIND OF TRAITOR by Hossein Amini (Curtis Brown) Producers: The Ink Factory/Potboiler Productions Genre: Thriller Summary: The lives of a young couple are changed forever after a chance encounter with a charismatic Russian oligarch. The man turns out to be the number one money launderer for the Russian mob, and his days are numbered unless the couple can come to his rescue. Based on John le Carré’s bestselling novel. THE SLACKFI PROJECT by Howard Overman (ITG) Producers: Matt Tolmach/Sony Columbia Pictures Genre: Comedic Thriller Summary: A hapless and broken hearted barrista is visited by two bad-ass soldiers from the future who tell him mankind is doomed and he alone can save them. TAKING OFF by David F Shamoon (unrepresented) Producers: Met Film Production Genre: Road movie/Comedy Summary: A funny and truthful road movie about a 50-something couple whose failing marriage is driven to its limits as they cross the US to get to their son’s wedding. WALKING ON SUNSHINE by Joshua St Johnston (Alan Brodie Representation) Producers: Vertigo Films Genre: Musical Summary: Set in the sun drenched Mediterranean, mother and daughter unwittingly fall for the same guy in this contemporary musical that features the greatest tracks from the 80’s. - What did you think of this article? Give it a rating and let us know your thoughts in the comments box further down… - Struggling with a script or book? Story analysis is what we do, all day, every day… check out our range of services for writers and filmmakers here. The Brit List Scripts 20117.7Overall ScoreReader Rating: (1 Vote)7.7 20,000 Film & TV professionals can't be wrong... Sign up for our Newsletter. We GUARANTEE never to email you more than twice a month. Our newsletter has a less than 0.1% unsubscribe rate. We GUARANTEE never to email you more than twice a month. Still not convinced? Click to View a Sample Newsletter. 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Log in to Reply Jayne Lake November 10, 2011 Seventeen male writers. Ten female writers including one sister double act. Would love to know how many female producers are attached to these projects but I doubt I'll find any surprises there! Can it really be true that male writers are, on the whole, better writers than women? OR is it just that the imbalance in male/female producers effects the amount of women's stories likely to get through the commissioning process in the first place. Congratulations and respect to all the writers above – I'm sure their work is great and I look forward to enjoying it but the industry needs to take a look at this gender imbalance from the top down. Right! The floor is open… Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.