Genre: Revenge Thriller
Following closely with eight recommendations was thriller/drama “Surge,” written by Rupert Jones and Rita Kalnejais, and set to be produced by Rooks Nest, BBC Films and Creative England. The film, set over 24 hours, is “a stripped-back thriller about a man who goes on a bold and reckless journey of self-liberation in London.”
Summary: In near-future San Francisco, a successful therapist is struggling to raise her child after her husband's death. She is intrigued by an offer to treat the world’s first artificial consciousness, but is surprised to discover that it wants to die.
Summary: The extraordinary story of Anna Nathan, who became pregnant during the Holocaust and, facing certain death if discovered, resolved to conceal her pregnancy inside the camps.
Producers: Headstrong Pictures
Genre: True Story
Producers: Stigma Films/Air Street Films
Genre: Period Drama
Genre: Sci-fi drama
Producers: Nira Park/Jim Wilson/Rachael Prior
Summary: A tragic love story between two women set in 1930s England and the fictional origins story of the Daphne du Maurier novel, "Rebecca," and du Maurier’s creation of the infamous character of Mrs. Danvers.
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Producers: Ugly Duckling Films/Ellipsis Pictures
"THE HOUSEKEEPER" by Patrick Gale (United Agents)
"GB" by Philip Robinson (The Agency)
Summary: Determined to avenge the killing of his flock, a Cumbrian shepherd is drawn into a cycle of violence that exposes secrets from his past.
Summary: An adaptation of George Orwell’s first novel and based on his experiences as a policeman in Burma, it presents a devastating picture of British colonial rule.
Out of 134 script recommendations, 18 received the required minimum of three recommendations to make it onto the list. The 10th annual list – reproduced below – was compiled using the recommendations of leading professionals from more than 90 companies across the British film industry, including agents, financiers, producers and distributors.
The Brit List, the annual survey of British film executives' favorite unproduced screenplays (similar to the Black List in the U.S.), was unveiled Monday in London with “Benny in the Dark,” a supernatural thriller by Phillip Morgan, heading the list.
"THE HORNED MAN" by Toby Finlay (Casarotto)
Producers: Rooks Nest
"QUEEN’S GAMBIT" by Henrietta & Jessica Ashworth (United Agents)
Summary: Pete’s turning 30, and the old gang from college is throwing a party. He can’t work out: Did he do something wrong? Or are his friends the sick ones? Is he paranoid? But his head begins to spin as one by one his friends slowly turn against him.
Summary: Set over 24 hours in London, SURGE is a stripped-back thriller about a man who goes on a bold and reckless journey of self-liberation in London.
Summary: A female psychiatrist develops a condition that makes her unable to distinguish people’s faces, including the face of her stalker.
Summary: Adaptation of Elizabeth Fremantle’s novel about Katherine Parr, the one wife to survive Henry VIII.
Films whose screenplays appeared on The Brit List in past years include “The Favourite,” “Operation Finale,” “Lion,” “Paddington” and “The King's Speech.” These films have generated more than $1.7 billion in worldwide box-office and garnered more than 100 nominations for major awards, including six Oscar, nine BAFTA and four Golden Globe wins, according to Arlango. Of the screenplays that have appeared on The Brit List, 70 have gone on to be produced – a rate of 1 in 4.
Morgan, whose credits include 2017 short "Blackmoor," has another features screenplay in development, "E for English," with Blue Shadow Films.
A look at previous lists will show you how many scripts that make it onto The Brit List go on to be produced. Our intention is twofold: to put the year’s best unproduced scripts before the industry, and to provide a spotlight for rising talent. Alexandra Arlango, who has run The Brit List for the past decade, said: “The Brit List is not a competition; it’s a showcase. This year, an unprecedented three writers on the list do not have representation, and two scripts are as yet unattached to production companies, so the networking event will be of special interest to all the agents and producers attending.”
"BURMESE DAYS" by Richard Cottan (Casarotto)
“Operation Finale” writer Matt Orton said: “Featuring on The Brit List has been invaluable for my career progression. It drew attention to projects, and gave me exposure to producers both here and overseas when it would have taken far longer to get otherwise. It’s a fantastic way to showcase emerging and established U.K. talent alike, and all selected this year should be deeply proud to be featured.”
When it is stolen, how far will he go to get it back? Summary: A Romanian delivery rider’s moped is the center of his family’s new life in London.
Genre: Comedy Horror
Genre: Indie Rom Com
"CAB RIDE HOME" by Charlotte Colbert (unrepresented)
Genre: Road Movie
The two develop an unlikely bond after mysterious forces give Veronica the power to enact revenges in her dreams.” /> Summary: After a double mastectomy, fading star Veronica Ghent goes to a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse, Desi.
Producers: Magnolia Mae/Baby Cow
"BLUE" by Sam Baron (Curtis Brown) & James Appleby (unrepresented)
"THE BIKE THIEF" by Matt Chambers (unrepresented)
Producers: House Productions
Summary: Feeling pressure to start a family she’s not sure she wants, a bored thirty-something finds a portal to the past where she embarks on an exciting affair with a younger man – her husband before they met.
Summary: A character-driven 1950s-set allegory for the unspoken societal fears around male depression.
Producers: Popcorn Group
The film, which garnered nine recommendations, is a “character-driven 1950s-set allegory for the unspoken societal fears around male depression.” It will be produced by House Productions, the company headed by Tessa Ross, the former controller of film and drama at Channel 4, and Juliette Howell, the former head of television at Working Title.
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Adapted from the short story of the same name by Fritz Leiber. Summary: A family survives a devastating ice age and find out they are not alone.
"SURGE" by Rupert Jones (Casarotto) & Rita Kalnejais (42)
"SHEPHERD" by Chris Andrews (Independent Talent Group)
"ANNA’S STORY" by Paul Herzberg (MBA Literary and Script Agents)
Producers: Met Film Production
Producers: Pari Passu Films
Genre: Psychological Drama
"ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME" by Tom Stourton & Tom Palmer (Independent Talent Group)
Summary: A white-van man and his best friend since childhood, who is a trans woman, take a road trip to make the money for her reassignment surgery – one last trip as mates before they’re husband and wife.
Producers: Magnolia Mae
Genre: Period Drama
Producers: Rooks Nest/BBC Films/Creative England
Summary: In the final fortnight of Marilyn Monroe’s life, when she cannot find her therapist, she instead befriends her taxi driver.
"FACE BLIND" by Dominic Harari & Teresa de Pelegri (Curtis Brown)
"SHE WILL" by Kitty Percy (The Agency)
Genre: Post Apocalyptic SciFi
Genre: Psychological Thriller
"BENNY IN THE DARK" by Phillip Morgan (Independent Talent Group)
A New York professor of gender studies becomes increasingly unhinged when he suspects that his mysteriously AWOL predecessor – who epitomized the toxic masculinity he rails against – is framing him for the brutal murders of women in the city. Summary: Based on the novel by James Lasdun.
"YESTERDAY TOMORROW TODAY" by Lawrie Doran (unrepresented). Revisions by Polly Vernon (42)
"A PAIL OF AIR" by Alistair McDowall (Judy Daish Associates)
But inside the walls lurks a terrifying presence that threatens to consume her and everyone around her. Summary: In 1973, a young nurse is forced to work the night shift in a crumbling hospital as striking miners switch off the power across Britain.
Producers: Stray Bear Productions
Producers: Ecosse Films
Producers: Popcorn Group
"THE POWER" by Corinna Faith (Casarotto)