CURRENT PROJECTS



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1. CUCKOO IN THE NEST is a drama set in Ireland in the aftermath of the IRA troubles.



Written and Directed by: Jane Sanger


6 main roles and several smaller supporting roles.


Logline: A propulsive drama, powerful, moving, mesmerising.  An innocent young girl who stays with the Murphy family is a cuckoo in the nest.  Her troubled past brings devastation and death.


Short Synopsis:

Following a pub brawl in Ulster a British man is killed by accident at the end of the IRA and British conflict, and old tensions resurface.  Proclaiming he was an innocent bystander Seamus life takes a turn for the worse and he is forced to make life changing decisions. He attempts to resist the circle of fate that leads to his seduction by a young girl that comes to stay with his wife and young children.  She is more than she seems and her troubled past means she brings tension and mayhem. Seamus holds a secret but his choices are taken from his hands by his best friend, an ex IRA sniper who is determined to save him. Seamus must admit to the truth and face his demons before it is too late.


The short version of this film will be shot in Kerry, Ireland in the summer of 2018


Please look at www.facebook.com/cuckoointhenest


Mood Board and further photos on: https://www.pinterest.com/elanstitch/cuckoointhenest


We are seeking investment in this film that has  a major A list star interested.


Cast Needed for Trailer:

Beth: Megan's mother, broken with grief after her husband, dies aged 45-50, American accent

Megan: Beautiful art student and au pair to the family.  The Cuckoo In the Nest aged 20-25, American accent

Seamus: Tough ex army type Northern Irishman age 35-40

Orla: Seamus Wife, beautiful, charismatic southern irish woman :  - Cast already



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2. BLOODY LOVE is a tense drama written by David Fielding from his award winning play -featuring a teen cast.


David is an exciting, contemporary playwright who is adapting his award winning and sell out play Bloody Love for the screen. The film will have a slightly different twist to the play. David has written other critically acclaimed scripts and sell out runs of The Killing Class, Jaydens War, The Half Stitched Healing Club and many more. He is an ex BBC Casting Director and successful west end musical theatre performer.


Synopsis:

 One night on Hampstead Heath, teenager Joe is found stabbed to death. Everyone of his friends have the means to kill him but did they have a motive, or was it a stranger?  A tangled web of secret relationships and long held resentments slowly surface as each friend falls under police scrutiny. The friendship group once tight, now unravels but still no-one will break and betray anyone else, so it's hard to pinpoint the killer. Now a year after the unsolved crime the young people meet again to air their views and to push the police to find the killer.. A story of the darkest secrets, love and loss.

PRODUCER:  DI LOFTHOUSE  - In Preproduction

facebook: www.facebook.com/bloodylovefilm - see character breakdown on here and casting details

3. VARIOUS SHORT FILMS TO BE DEVELOPED AT ANY TIME SUBJECT TO FUNDING

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1. STRUGGLE-     We are hoping to film this this year 2018 and are currently applying for funding. : Mental Health issues - Struggle is the story of one late teen girl who amid the pressures of modern society breaks down . Her parents want her to do well at school, the teachers at her school press the girls to get good grades, excel at sport and music. Her friendships are compromised by the latest fads, whether or not she is invited to the cool parties and accepted by the “it” girl groups. Social media pressurises her to be thin and pretty or face ridicule. No-one is to be trusted as even people she thought were friends troll her on social media. This adds to the struggle of how you have been raised versus what is expected of you by your peers.

 Admitting she has a problem is the hardest thing. She asks her mother for medical help and counselling which is the first step to recovery.


1 A -  THE OTHERS- a 3 minute film about an alien living a secret life written by Alan Blyton. We hope to film this year. And are presently applying for funds.

2. Teen Prophet: Mimi a whizz at science and a secret tae kwon do champion hears a "voice" when visiting Joan of Arc's grave with her mother. Joan when a teenager changed history and the voice tells her she is chosen to change world history.  Reluctant and unbelieving Mimi set off on her first mission to stop a nuclear bomb being launched.  She cannot believe that anyone will listen to a teenage girl in this patriarchal and ageist society. How will she accomplish this feat?


2. Hidden Angels: Three unlikely and lonley people meet and though they dislike and distrust each other at first. They then find that each has something to give that makes the other's lives better. The characters are Femi an orphan and illegal immigrant who must remain under the radar of authority to pretect herself and her little brother, Jaimie a gay man, his tired drag act needs revamping to give him that big break that he craves, and Mr Maximov an elderly Jew, a survivor of the holocaust, lonely and impoverished who still mourns the wife that died thirty years ago.


3. Hidden: Bella and Leila a Syrian refugee are both bullied at school for different reasons.  Forming a bond they spend time at Bella's eccentric Grampa's house.  When Leila overhears a conversation that her parents are unhappy at the cold weather and lack of friends, she thinks they want to return to Syria. Bella and she hatch a plan to stop them that brings unforseen consequences.


4. Ape Child: Marcy and Rob have the perfect life, good looking and successful with two beautiful blonde girls but they long for a son.  When a scan shows that the pregant Marcy is to have a boy they are thrilled. However when the boy is born he has hypertrichosis lanuginosa, in other words he is very hairy and ugly.  As time goes on the toddler does not speak only grunts and is very volatile. Finally Marcy decides to send the child to a special institution never to return so that she can get on with her erstwhile perfect existence.


5. He Says, She Says: Domestic violence against a man is talked of very little.  Here we see the viewpoint from the possibly warped mind of both husband and wife in the outwardly perfect marriage.  However when the husband dies after an accident whose account are we to believe, was the wife the violent one or was it the husband?


6. The Innocent One: Madeleine, a simple country girl comes to The Sisters of Mercy convent in the late 1800's as a novice nun. Here the sisters take in unmarried mothers and give the babies to good catholic homes for adoption.  When Madeleine gives birth herself it's a shock as her pregnancy has gone un noticed.  She claims it's a virgin birth and the baby is the new Christ.  When stigmata appear on her hands the Mother Superior and Priest seize the opportunity and allow her to become a pilgrimage spectacle. They allow this in order to ask for money for their new stained glass window. Madeleine is not so simple and pious as she seems and one day both she, the baby and all the money disappear.


7. Escape:  Maggie and John are celebrating their 5 year wedding anniversary by going on a road trip to Ireland.  They pick up a seemingly harmless man, a hitchhiker, on the journey.  At first he is benign but he gradually asks more and more probing questions and seems to know a lot more about their lives then a stranger should.  He opens a can of worms with  disastrous consequences.


Please email me for a NDA reading of any of the scripts if you would like to read with a view to buy : info@luminofilms.co.uk

 

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INNOCENT CANDY a gangster film produced by Clock Tower Productions

I have been asked to Direct this film which is mostly cast. It is not my production

Written by Stefan Michaels and Stacey Gough set in Skegness and London


Cast include John Altman, Danielle Harold, Antony Costa, Edward Peel, Minti Gorne and many more.


The film is set against a back-drop of violence, anger and hate, but we see a promise of forgiveness and love with a reminder that it is never too late to do the right thing. It is never too late to change. Ruby is the driving force in that change.


RUBY is a tough, tomboy type, the daughter of gangster Terry Ellis, a violent man. Motherless and subjected to things a normal 11 year old should not be involved in, she is
threatened, ignored, and generally unloved.
She is vulnerable and emotional as a girl of that age would be. But she is also strong and very capable. London accent

 

 

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4. DAGGER OF ICE -fantasy drama



Written and Directed by Jane Sanger


Vanessa is depressed that she cannot have a second child and devotes all her time to her perfect six year old daughter Bebe.  Her stepdaughter from he husbands first marriage is resentful at being overlooked.Tom is posted to rural Canada with his job and Vanessa tries to fit in to a newlife.  At a mothers lunch that over runs she is late for the school pick up, Bebe attempts to walk home alone and is run over and killed.


Vanessa is overwhelmed with guilt and grief and retreats into herself ignoring her husband and stepdaughters feelings, so they eventually leave for a while to live with his mother. Gradually Vanessa recovers and resurrects her former life as a wildlife photographer.  In the snowy forest she discovers a beautiful snowchild and her brother.  They lead her into a hidden wild world  of strange creatures and other lives.  She is introduced to Hunter an imposing but taciturn woodsman and he reluctantly agrees to teach her forest ways.


All is not as it seems in the beautiful white world and the creatures and snow children are hounded by a malevolent force. Vanessa witnesses a horrific murder.  She must persuade her husband to return and help her save the snow children and herself from this evilHer family don't believe her fantastical descriptions and its a race against time to make them understand that her boundaries between imagination and reality are not blurred.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dagger-of-Ice/340603956131808?ref=hl


Beautiful Mood board on: https://www.pinterest.com/elanstitch/dagger-of-ice/


5. MURDER AT THE MINT - historical drama for tv set in UK and India from1925-47

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My grandfather was employed by the Indian Mint in Calcutta from 1926 and following the Great Crash in 1929 stayed on for another 16 years til 1947 just before Indian Independence The story is  based on the letters he sent home and those written to him. I am presently writing a script which incorporates characters into this partly fictional story.


It will be a series for tv. Involving forced marriage, social pretensions over class and race and The Fishing Fleet, the nickname for the unmarried women who came to India in the Raj looking for husbands.


Albert a goldsmith has married a lady from the upper middleclass, the beautiful spoilt and pampered Eleanor, the daughter of a rich merchant. Schooled by governesses and finished at a school near Versailles with her sisters, her parents feel she has married beneath her to a man who works with his hands. However there is something very flawed about Eleanor and the family must take whatever offer comes her way.


A doting mother, she finds life very difficult in her "reduced"circumstances and when Albert is given the coveted post as artist engraver to the Indian Mint he travels alone. On her visit with her young daughter she hates the heat, and is looked down on by the army and civil service wives and not allowed into the best clubs. Broken she returns to the UK, leaving her husband alone in India for 10 years with one visit home per year.


Lonely, Albert takes a beautiful Indian mistress. He has begged Eleanor to come out again with both his son and daughter and she makes one more visit. Her father has died and left her with the equivalent of £2 million in today's money. During this time there is a terrible scandal as the body of Preti, Albert's mistress is found in the press room, ritually and weirdly displayed over the press. The scandal must be hushed up but Leo, Albert's young son employs a private detective to uncover the truth and that truth is truly devastating and will change his life and family dynamics for ever. 


6. THE NIGHTRIDERS - historical drama  for tv

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Nightrider is a 8 part historical adventure /drama for television


 

Directed by Jane Sanger


Written by Jane Sanger and Barry Lewis

We already have interest from Pinewood and Film Wales for funding for this series and hope to make the pilot in 2018.


The story is based on historical fact. It is a period drama set in the West Country early 1714 onwards.  In the year 1714, George I sits on the throne.  His Germanic descent does not sit well with many. Before sides are chosen, loyalties revealed, a constant threat to the West Country way of life must be addressed.  It has been ravaged for years by the Barbary Pirates from the North Coast of Africa who take young men and women as slaves and sail away with them to the Sultan’s Palace in Morocco. Here the men labour until they die or the women join his harem or brothels.


The central story is about the Fellowes a squires family whose beautiful daughter Elizabeth goes missing one stormy night when the pirates attack along with her brother.  Lady Mary, her mother seeks the advice of Esther the village herbalist and diviner and is thrilled when told her daughter is still alive.  However all is not as it seems.


The Nightriders are employed by the local gentry to patrol the coasts and protect various villagers from attack.  One night a year after the first attack an unknown Nightrider returns Elizabeth, struck dumb, and a story unfolds.

 

This series is in development, so not casting yet.

These are the characters in the drama:

 

Characters:

 

1.Sir Thomas Goodfellowes – squire (45 -50)

 

2. Lady Mary Goodfellowes- wife (40 -45)

 

3. Elizabeth Goodfellowes – daughter (18) redhead

 

4. John Goodfellowes- son (21 and 30-35) redhead

 

George Goodfellowes – grandson (various ages from baby)

 

5.Margory Dean – Thomas's sister (35)

 

A Sir William Dean (35-40)

 

B Daisy the mistress (25)

 

6.Henry Dean – her 10 year old son

 

C Sir Richard Vyvyan – neighbouring squire (40 -50)

 

a Steward Will – ( 30 -40)

 

b Steward Henry ( 40 -50)

 

c Frances – Ladies Maid (age 20 -35)

 

D Esther The Witch (40 plus)

 

E Captain Ali Bittar – Moroccan pirate chief (40 -50)

 

Moroccan pirate crew - Arab

 

7.Moulay Ismail – Sultan of Morocco (50 plus) Arab

 

F Chief Vizier (50)

 

8.The Sultan’s Wife Mora (40) black

 

9.Momo chief Eunuch (35) black

 

Hareem Girls (18-25)

 

Eunuchs (20-40) black

 

Guards(all ages)

 

Arab slave masters (all ages)

 

White slaves in Morocco (all ages but under 40)

 

10.Young Simon Pargiter –Dr’s Son(21)

 

An older Simon Pargiter (30 -35)

 

G Dr Edward Pargiter(45-55)

 

11.Mary -  fisherman’s daughter (20) red haired beauty. Major part as captured and later escapes

 

12.Captain Henry Moore – Captain of the Nightriders (35-45)

 

Other Nightriders

 

13. Sir Robert Walpole – Prime Minister

 

14. King George II

 

 

 

Numbers 1-14 equals principle roles

 

Letters A- G larger supporting roles

 

Letters a- c  Smaller parts

 

24 parts

 

All other parts extras or featured roles(have some lines)


 

 

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nightrider/330478560489409?ref=hl


Twitter: @nightridertv

 

For the mood board please look at :https://www.pinterest.com/elanstitch/nightrider/