I'm attracted by compelling, character-driven stories that have a universality in their themes and subject matter, that have 'something bigger' about them. (see Screenwriting/True Stories)
There are many ways to 'entertain' audiences. The most important thing is to grip them.
The following samples of my work - the cinema film Blind Flight, the TV documentary Looks That Kill and the cinema/TV documentary feature Living On The Edge - were highly emotional true stories. I involved the real people very fully in the creative process, defining dramatic and storytelling needs for them, getting their input, keeping them well informed and ensuring their satisfaction with the work.
The authorised feature film dramatisation of Irishman Brian Keenan and Englishman John McCarthy’s ordeal as hostages in Lebanon, based on their No 1 best-selling books An Evil Cradling and Some Other Rainbow, and and starring Ian Hart and Linus Roache.
First-ever TV documentary about a young woman suffering from the little known mental condition Body Dysmorphic Disorder, involving obsessive feelings of physical ugliness, acute self-mutilation and exceptional suicidalism.
Made with director Michael Grigsby. A cinema/TV documentary feature about the post-War dreams of British working people and their sense of betrayal in the Thatcher era, mixing newsreels, old films, advertisements, pop music, and radio archives with present day actuality.
John Corner, The Art Of Record, 1996 more