CURRENTLY IN PRE- PRODUCTION
Utopia Road centres on Sissy, an aging televangelist who aspires to become a household name. When a drifter turns up they plan to conquer the world just as Sissy’s estranged preacher son reappears on the scene, forcing Sissy to question whether the sacrifices she made for her career were worth the effort.
The film will be directed by Rosson Crow, an American visual artist, and it will be her directorial debut. The screenplay is written by author Karolina Waclawiak, who co-wrote the feature Awol (Tribeca 2016 selection).
Determined to be accepted in his new country, Ali, a Syrian refugee, haunted by childhood memories, refuses to speak the truth about Casey, a racist bully at his school in North Yorkshire. After a bullying incident goes viral and sparks national media outrage, the two teenagers unexpectedly find themselves becoming friends outside of school and in secret. However, in the end, only Ali can help unite a divided community by speaking his truth about the power of friendship in the face of prejudice.
The script is inspired by Marcus Markou’s award winning short film Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times and draws on the same themes of race and friendship. The short has been shown at over 60 festivals around the world and has won ‘Best Short’ at over 17 of them.
Director & Writer
Crazy Blue follows William, an American ex-boyband member who is hitting 45. He is rich but alone, lost and isolated and suffers from frequent panic attacks. On the night of his birthday, fed up with life, he decides to end it all. But his suicide attempt is interrupted by the arrival of Chris, a 17-year-old petty thief looking for cheap thrills. Unbeknown to the pair, this is the beginning of a friendship that will save them both. When William takes in rap loving Chris, his foster Mother Martha and the rest of their rag tag family, he is forced to revaluate his life choices. Through this unexpected act of charity, William finally finds the family he was missing, and learns that life can start again. Crazy Blue is an uplifting feature film celebrating unconventional family units and second chances.
It is written, and will be directed by Marcus Markou. The film maker behind breakout indie hit Papadopoulos & Sons, starring Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones, The Tunnel), Ed Stoppard (The Pianist, Upstairs Downstairs) and Frank Dillane (The Walking Dead). Papadopoulos & Sons was released in UK cinemas April 2013 and achieved the second highest screen average of any film in its opening weekend, beaten only by Tom Cruise’s Oblivion. It went on to be bought by the BBC, Netflix and ARTE. Marcus has completed the final draft of Crazy Blue and cast are currently being attached.
Cohen & Cohan.
Cohen & Cohan is a six-part television series which follows the story of Manny Cohen, Jewish, and Danny Cohan, Irish, (‘I’m Cohan with an ‘A’…I’m Cohen with and ‘E’.’); a London based music hall act, at the turn of the century. Just as the firm friends are about to achieve stardom on the Halls, into their lives come twin whirlwinds: the arrival of moving pictures and Nettie, the entrepreneurial daughter of cinema pioneer Colonel Truman. When Manny's Uncle Max is killed in a racist attack, Manny, Danny and Nettie decide to stop making comedy capers and try using cinema to create something more meaningful. The series will be an energetic, uplifting, moving and musical exploration of early cinema's arrival in London during a period of growing xenophobia.
Cohen & Cohan is written by Neil Brand and Michael Eaton. It is an adaptation of their own Radio 4 drama Waves Breaking On A Shore, which broadcast in 2010 with a fine cast including Hayley Atwell, Andrew Scott, Simon Schatzberger and Jim Norton. Neil and Michael are currently writing the first episode of the television series.
Bucharest Bluff is a screwball comedy about an uptight British Asian lawyer and a flamboyant Texan businessman flung together in Bucharest to make a big deal. When the laptop with their presentation on is stolen, they have to work together to get it back. They are each other’s worst nightmare and best hope. Bucharest Bluff is a comedy but also an exploration of evolving masculinity in the changing world of male-led business. The film explores the nature of family, friendship and modern masculinity.
Bucharest Bluff is being written by Abraham Papacosta. Abraham graduated from The London Film School in 1994. Since graduating he has written scripts for Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars) on an animated series he devised. He wrote the 2013 independent feature Little Devil and has contributed material for various UK television comedy shows. Abraham wrote and directed the award-winning short Give Me Back My Shine for Channel 4’s Random Acts series. Abraham is currently working on the first draft of Bucharest Bluff.