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Current Slate - Feb 2016


Film Projects


At this moment in time, I don't know where The President of The United States is. In fact no-one has seen him in days… Perhaps it may be best to keep this our little secret.

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In 1918 the American President, on his way to Paris to sign the peace treaty to end WW1, escapes his aides and minders for a few days with his new wife. Secretly, and in disguise he visits his much beloved English Lake District in an attempt to re-discover his past and make the biggest decision of his life. Here he meets his old friend, Fred Yates, a quirky English artist with a wild daughter intent on marrying a German P.O.W. But the war has left its mark even in this sleepy part of England and emotions are running high. Neither is the course of true love running smoothly for  the President… Amidst a series of errors, a life threatening adventure and the devious machinations of England, France and even some of his own people, he formulates a vision for world peace and the creation of The League of Nations - forerunner to the U.N.

Based on a recently discovered letter from President Woodrow Wilson to a hotel owner in the Lake District.

Genre: Period Drama.

Screenplay by Tony Lindsay & David Lewis Richardson 


So you are a Romantic then Girl. The State cannot tolerate this selfishness. It cannot wait for you to find the right man. All men are the right men as far as The State is concerned. Listen child it is your National Duty to conceive as soon as you are able. We are simply here to help you...


‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ has been consistently amongst the top ten most popular books for over 150 years, let alone a number of very successful films. And, its themes of wrongful imprisonment, corrupting power, hidden treasure, disguise, jealousy, revenge and redemption are perennial. This film brings the story into the 21st Century with a female protagonist set against a dark landscape of Romania, England, Malta, and a backdrop of Swiss Banks, Sword-fencers, Prisons, The Securitate, Politicians, Defectors, Duels and Nazi’s. 

The story of a Romanian orphan who returns to her homeland to be abused and imprisoned. Escaping and finding immense wealth, she reinvents her past and exacts a carefully designed revenge on her abusers who have risen to the upper echelons of politics, business and society. However her plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty. And at what point does revenge harm the perpetrator more than the victim…  An Action Adventure Thriller that journeys from the darkest depths of despair to finally find light, joy and hope.

Genre: Action/Adventure


So let's get this straight… Everyone here's dead...


Urban magic,  a sacred pagan pool, a dysfunctional bullied boy, a beautiful water nymph, sexual awakening and a very dark secret are just some of the ingredients  of this adult fairy tale described as a rival to 'Hunger Games' and 'Harry potter'.  A juxtaposition of Celtic myth and gritty reality, in which Arthur Braxton finds a mystical world below a derelict swimming baths. 

It is a film project that has tremendous commercial potential with a young adult demographic.

Genre: Fantasy, Teen Romance.

TV Projects

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The Celts - Age of Miracles 

TV Drama Series based around the life of the Druidess Warrior Boudica and her fight against other tribes and the might of Rome, leading to a climax in the greatest battle to be seen in Europe prior to the 1st World War in which half a million wariors fought to the death on the fields of England… From Boudica’s warrior training to her initiation as a druid on the Isle of Anglesey, through twelve mystical trials, through devious politics, the mystical forces of Nature, through a secret trip to free a Celtic King imprisoned in Rome to a romantic affair that would threaten the Nation, this is a series that takes us back to our roots and those pagan rituals that we still celebrate today. A series involving as much the magic of Celtic Mythology as the history of Britain's ancient people.


An innovative sequel to Charles Dicken 'Great Expectations'. Set in the UK, Australia and the USA.

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Great Expectations is Dickens' tale of  Estella & Pip. It’s a story of deceptive appearances, deceit, dark histories, superficial facades, unrequited love and mystery. But what became of Estella, the haughty ice-queen of the cold, but vulnerable, heart? In one fell swoop of Dickens’ pen she loses her inheritance, her pride and discovers the deceit of her dark past…


The British Secret Service did not officially exist until John Major finally acquiesced to its reality in 1991. Around the same time a leather bound tome of Secret Service accounts was made public covering the period of 1830 to 1880. Amongst payments to contributors in 1864 was one to an Estella Drummle - In Dickens' novel, Estella had a brief marriage to a Mr. Drummel who suffered a quick and allegedly accidental demise after exhibiting cruelty towards her. And so in our tales (circa 1860-70), Estella, losing her adoptive mother in the dreadful fire that consumes her, and having the large Australian Estates and their income snatched away from her by the British Government when Magwitch is sentenced to death, turns to a life of crime in the footsteps of her real mother and father, before being recruited through blackmail into the Secret Service in 1864. In the meantime, Pip (still obsessively in love with her) has joined the embryonic police force and is hot on her heels. And so the adventures begin for our deadly spy which take her from an affair with a Tsar to the disappearance of the crew on the Marie Celeste to Virginia during the American Civil War to the Penal Colony of Australia in an underwater search for her father’s hidden treasure. Unable to give up her lucrative and illegal enterprises, the Government will however turn a blind eye because of her success as a spy for them, but even they will have occasional doubts as to which side she is really on, whilst all the time Pip closes the net…



You sure you want me to go rescue him Sarge?  It's dangerous and dark and maybe you can't see what color he is in this light...


An English Affair is the story of one Black American G.I. in England whose open love affair with a wild aristocratic English girl during WWII leads to condemnation and jealously in the face of class and segregation. His reputation as a war hero cannot prevent him from being ‘set-up’ and accused of rape.

Against a background of military action, mutiny, friendship, loyalty and love he must face execution and only one girl can save him - but she lies in a coma over 200 miles away as a virtual prisoner.

During World War II many black American soldiers were hanged in England – most on charges of rape. No white Americans found guilty of the same crime were executed. It had been agreed by Parliament that no American military court on British soil could impose a sentence more severe than that of an English court for the same crime. Under English law the crime of rape did not carry the death penalty. Someone changed the rules…  

Genre: Period, Action/Adventure, Romance.

Screenplay by David Lewis Richardson.

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