Writing on my new book has begun. The title of it is: Murder at the Grindhouse. It's a coming-of-age murder mystery with a darkly comic tone set during the 1980s on New York's 42nd Street - aka "The Deuce" - between 7th and 8th Avenues (and the surrounding environs). This was movie paradise for cinema goers at the time who wanted unusual, outlandish fare to go along with their mainstream silver screen delights. It was a fascinating time and place to learn about as a movie fan and so I felt it was a great place to set a story.
Thus far I'm up to about 15,600 18,500 words deep* - no idea how long it'll all end up being as there's quite a way to go yet - but I'm off to a good start. It always takes a bit of getting going when you kick off a new writing project before you start feeling the groove, and this is quite a detailed project in many ways - detail oriented - hence the sheer volume of research and story prep that's gone into it.
I am a British freelance filmmaker, as well as a writer, movie fanatic, and zombie obsessive. I am the author of "Dug Deep" and the "Celebrityville" series of books, and write for Sleaze Fiend Magazine and Homepage of the Dead. I'm the screenwriter for the upcoming film "For Want of a Nail".
Of the many filmmakers who influence me, some are: Romero, Raimi, Carpenter, Cameron, Fincher, Tarantino, Rodriguez, Kubrick, Boyle, Zombie, Martino, Fulci, Argento, Cronenberg, Marshall, Smith, Nolan, Dominik, Scott, Mann, Hooper, De Palma, Leone, Spielberg and Zemeckis.
Writing: "Murder at the Grindhouse" (Novel, in progress) "Dug Deep" (Novella) "How Mr Snuffles III and Others Met Their Maker" (Novella) "Celebrityville" (Novel) "Sleb: Tigress of Celebrityville" (Novel) Sleaze Fiend Magazine (Staff Writer) The Racket (Script Editor) The Problem of Evil (Screenwriter, Film #5)
Oxford International Short Film Festival (2019, 1 Nom)
Beeston Film Festival, Nottingham (2019, 1 Nom)
Independent Online Film Festival (2019)
Brighton Rocks IFF (2019) Top Indie Film Awards October 2018 (1 Win, 7 Noms)
UK Offline Web Fest 2018 Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival (Oct 2018) RedWood Film Festival
Feel The Reel IFF (September 2018, 1 Win) English Riviera Film Festival (Special Mention)
Ficsam Festival (Portugal, 2018)
Dublin Independent Film Festival (Finalist, 1 Nom)
Changing Face IFF (Winner - Best Short Drama - Sept. 2018 + Annual Nomination in 3 Categories)
Berlin Flash Film Festival (Outstanding Achievement Award, September 2018)
Lift-Off Sessions (October 2018) Overcome Film Festival (2018) Direct Monthly Online Film Festival (October 2018, 1 Win) Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque (September 2018, 1 Win) Boobs & Blood International Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection, "Snuffles" Screenplay) Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (Semi-Finalist, 2018) Los Angeles FEEDBACK Female Film Festival (2018)
The UK Monthly Film Fest (June 2018)
Harlequin Theatre, Surrey (May 2018)
The Monthly Film Festival (April 2018 - 1 Win & 3 Noms) Swinge 2018 (Swindon Independent Film Festival, UK) REEL Recovery Film Festival (Los Angeles, October 2018) Small Axe Film Competition 2014 (Shortlisted, Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival) (1 Nom) Portsmouth International Film Festival 2014 (2 Noms) St Tropez International Film Festival 2014 (2 Noms) Campfire Film Festival 2012, Australia (Award Won) Borderlines Film Festival 2011 Buffalo/Niagara, New York Oct. 2010 (39th North American Association for Environmental Education Conference) Belmont Abbey Mar. 2010 Borderlines Film Festival 2010 Kington KLEEN Energy Week Feb. 2010 Kilpeck Nov. 2009 Beyond TV FF - Swansea 2008 13th Milano FF - Italy 2008 3 Minute Wonder - Channel 4 2008 Open Frame FF - New Delhi 2008 Phantasmagoria 2008 Planet Sci-Cast 2008 (Nominated) Deadlands 1 & 2 theatrical runs 2007 & 2008 (Supporting Features) Borderlines Film Festival 2007