A comedy drama series from Downton Abbey Producer Carnival Films, about an aspiring young model, tops this year’s Brit List of the best unproduced TV and film scripts.
Issy Knowles’ model behavior has received seven recommendations to place two ahead of second-placed Hat Trick Mercurio series Dizzinessbased on the true story of a lone Parisian ambulance driver who faked his own heroic involvement in the 2015 Bataclan massacre. Scroll down to see the full list.
sex education Producer Eleven Film has three projects on the list, while Ringside Studios-backed Joi Productions has two. The crown Producer Left Bank Pictures, ITV Studios’ Tall Story Pictures, Banijay UK’s Kudos and Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch also have projects in the list. Only three are features.
Curtis Brown has the most clients on the list with five clients, with The Agency, Independent Talent Group, Lark Management and Cassorot Ramsay & Associates all representing multiple projects.
Inspired by the US Black List, the Scripts Showcase is compiled each year from recommendations from UK production companies, talent agencies, distributors, financiers, distributors and broadcasters.
Scripts again required at least six recommendations for inclusion, and 19 made the list overall. Almost half came from women writers. A similar number were writers from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds – a record for the Brit List.
“The Brit List is committed to supporting the writing talent of British writers of all backgrounds and, because of the way it is put together, acts as a mirror held up to British industry,” said Brit List founder Alexandra Arlango.
The list sponsored by Kinetic Content
MODEL BEHAVIOR by Issy Knowles (Curtis Brown)
Producer: Carnival Films
Summary: An ambitious young model risks everything to achieve her dream of becoming a huge success, only to discover too late that success isn’t everything it’s supposed to be. After being confronted with the best and worst the industry has to offer, she must choose between living a lie in the spotlight or turning her back on everything she’s ever known.
THE HOAX by Sam Spinks & Mattias Mella (Curtis Brown)
Producer: Hat Trick Mercurio
Summary: A 4-part drama inspired by the true story of the lonely Parisian ambulance driver who faked his own heroic involvement in the 2015 Bataclan attacks and how the enormous lie was exposed.
LOCO PARENTIS by Matthew Jacobs Morgan (The Agency)
Producer: Joi Productions
Genre: Black comedy
Summary: A dark comedy about a queer black man in his 30s who desperately searches for his role in life and what family means, especially when he encounters a group of privileged white mothers and a baby that isn’t his.
MAN LIKE ME by Richard Wood (Curtis Brown)
Producer: Left Bank Pictures
Genre: Grounded Sci-Fi
Summary: In this down-to-earth sci-fi pilot, a small coastal community experiences a wave of unnatural activity when a mysterious stranger arrives in town.
WITHOUT YOU by Sharmila Chauhan (Dench Arnold)
Synopsis: Faced with the death of her mother, Shiv uncovers the family mystery of inter-family adoption. Challenging her own notions of motherhood and sibling love, she must confront the cycles of her past and whether she has given too much to the people she loves.
TWO BECOME ONE by Isaac Tomiczek (The Agency)
Producer: Joi Productions
Genre: Coming-of-age comedy-drama
Summary: A lively and uplifting coming-of-age comedy-drama that captures the spirit of ‘Cool Britannia’ as it follows two sisters’ attempts to attend the Spice Girls’ supposed final concert. Escaping their strained family lives and small town, they headed to London on an adventurous quest of scrapes, capers and conflicts, set to a soundtrack of ’90s Britpop classics.
NIGHT SHIFT by Tom Clapham (Independent Talent Group)
Genre: Surreal comedy-drama
Synopsis: I will turn the lives of Joe and Gemma, two strangers upside down, when a mysterious bond forms between them every time they fall asleep. Night Shifts is a surreal comedy drama about a unique universal accident.
IF IT WERE ELSE, IT WOULD NOT BE THIS by Ava Pickett (Curtis Brown)
Synopsis: After an incident at a birthday party, best friends Olive, Sorcha and Pamela get a taste for justice, setting in motion a dangerous chain of events for the boys of a small Essex town and the girls themselves.
STAMFORD HILL by Evan Placey (The Agency)
Producer: Tall Story Pictures
Genre: Contemporary Crime
Summary: Detective Inspector Yael Rosen must return to the Hasidic Jewish community and family she left behind 20 years earlier to investigate the murder of a young man in Stamford Hill.
SELF by Rose Lewenstein (Lark Management)
Summary: On the cusp of 30, Eve reflects on her life and how it hasn’t turned out the way she thought it would. Fleeing memories of trauma she experienced as a teenager, Eve realizes she can see and interact with her 15-year-old self.
ANONYMOUSLY by Danny McNamara & Lauren McNamara (Casarotto)
Producer: Elf Film
Summary: William Clarke has no idea how he ended up running for his life in the middle of the night or why a seemingly normal family tried to bludgeon him to death in the street. He also has no idea why there is a group of anonymous vigilantes committing increasingly ambitious crimes wearing a mask of his face. ANONYMOUS is a gripping crime thriller set in West Yorkshire, where the boundless and mythical moors collide with the urban dystopia of Halifax.
LOVE AT SECOND SIGHT by Zina Wegrzynski (Casarotto)
Producer: Elf Film
Summary: A teenage psychic may be able to see into the future – but her fear means she cannot always trust what she sees. Now she must figure out what she wants to do with her life while juggling school and new love Teo, the one thing she didn’t see coming.
WONDERLAND by Juno Dawson (Mulcahy Sweeney Associates Ltd)
Producer: The Lighthouse Film and Television
Genre: YA Drama
Summary: Based on Juno Dawson’s best-selling YA novels Clean, Meat Market and Wonderland. A twisted urban fairytale about three seemingly unconnected teenage girls thrown together after the death of a socialite.
DEBRIS by Matt Hartley (United Agents)
Producer: Clerkenwell Films
Synopsis: The world of a small fishing community in Devonshire is turned upside down when a mysterious boat is found adrift at sea. A character-led thriller that sheds light on the world that tourists in coastal villages never see and the struggles those who live there must go to in order to survive.
MOUSE CIRCUS by Jodie Ashdown (Berlin Associates)
Summary: Darkly funny mystery drama about a sixties maid with a penchant for taxidermy who longs for a Hollywood romance. The only thing standing in her way is her boring husband.
LONG LOST by Abi Hynes (independent talent agency)
Producer: Sunny March
Genre: Drama Crime Thriller
Summary: Radio host Anna is contacted by her estranged sister Sophie when her mother unexpectedly sells her childhood home, which still contains the body of her abusive father, whom they killed when they were teenagers.
Paradise by Liv Little (Lark Management)
Summary: paradise is search party meets Lena Waithe Twenties; A driving, twisty LGTBQ+ thriller that delves into wellness conspiracy theories, the growing pains of being in your 20’s, what it means to feel safe and visible as a queer person in the UK, and all busy with a bit of absurd fun in the matter knife out for good measure.
DAD JOKE by Joshua Robertson & David Abramsky (The Galton Agency & Unrepresented)
Producers: Eleven Film in association with Bluebird Films
Summary: When Joshua, a disabled stand-up comedian, finds out his fiancé Jen is pregnant, he’s finally ready to bare his soul on stage in a desperate bid to “make it” before fatherhood strikes . But while throwing everything in his quest for fame, he risks losing his family.
THE KATE RESIGNATION by Will Truefitt (Curtis Brown)
Genre: Comedy Thriller
Synopsis: When a downtrodden personal assistant witnesses the murder of her asshole boss the film director, she must do whatever it takes to survive. Unfortunately, her biggest obstacle might be the longtime boyfriend she was about to leave, who now insists on going on the run with her.