The Sabnock

A family of exorcists and healers live off grid in a remote farmhouse, practising folk magic to visitors from near and far. But are the younger generation as committed to the old ways as they seem?

A family of exorcists and healers live off grid in a remote farmhouse, practising folk magic to visitors from near and far. But are the younger generation as committed to the old ways as they seem?

A gothic thriller, drawing inspiration from folk-horror films as Ari Aster’s Midsommar and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, and the intensity and intimacy of Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley.

A completed 25-minute short film script, which will double as the pilot episode of a proposed 5 x 50-minute limited series, currently a work in progress. Get in touch if you’re interested in reading more.

In That Dear Land

A (mostly) true story set in the darkest days of the Northern Irish Troubles. A rogue British officer is murdered behind enemy lines.

A (mostly) true story set in the darkest days of the Northern Irish Troubles, taking inspiration from classic films about the conflict such as In the Name of the Father and recent dramas such as True Detective.

A project in development, currently at the treatment stage and seeking development funding to support extensive interview research. Get in touch to view the pitch deck and find out more.

Use Me Up

A vulnerable woman is drawn into the orbit of a charming but much younger man. She thinks she can cope with his lover who lives in his spare room, but what about the body he’s hiding in his basement?

A vulnerable woman is drawn into the orbit of a charming but much younger man. She thinks she can cope with his lover who lives in his spare room, but what about the body he’s hiding in his basement?

Use Me Up is a feature-length relationship-driven thriller set in Hackney, east London, with shades of Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, Emerald Fennell‘s Saltburn and Rose Glass’s Love Lies Bleeding.

A project in development with a completed screenplay. Get in touch if you are interested in reading more.

Vincent and Lorraine

1982, and a debauched night out ends in heartbreak for Vincent and Lorraine. They try to reconnect 20 years later, but it takes another 20 years for them to rediscover, in their 60s, what might have been all along.

1982, and a debauched night out ends in heartbreak for Vincent and Lorraine. They try to reconnect 20 years later, but it ends the same way, just a little more slowly. It takes another 20 years for them to rediscover, in their 60s, what might have been all along.

Selected for the first Lift-Off Global Network Script and screenplay Showcase of 2024, and Best Screenplay winner at the 2024 New Renaissance Festival Amsterdam, this romantic drama set in South London has parallels with Celine Song’s Past Lives, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy.

A project in development with a completed screenplay. Get in touch if you are interested in reading more.

New Journey

One of the first short films I directed when I was still learning the ropes. Produced by The Film Bunch.

One of the first short films I directed when I was still learning the ropes. Produced by The Film Bunch.

One Off

A fun short I made with Peter Revel-Walsh, based on his script.

A fun short I made with Peter Revel-Walsh, based on his script.

SLNda

I worked with Ashley Walters’ fledgling outfit to produce treatments for a biographical drama series, and was part of the wrting pool.

I worked with Ashley Walters’ fledgling outfit to produce treatments for a biographical drama series, and was part of the wrting pool.

Passing Through

My debut feature as writer and director. Shot in the South of France in late summer 2019, with Mark Little leading an ensemble cast and an international crew including Emmy-winning cinematographer Alex Peterson.

Carefree retired teacher Tom and his new partner Iona have run away to start a new life together in the South of France, but when Tom’s estranged son shows up unannounced with his girlfriend Adele, the past begins to catch up with them. Adele, who was raised in a cult where she was both worshipped and abused, allows her own emotional sacrifices to become the catalyst for others to heal.

My first feature film as writer and director and the biggest adventure of my life so far. After years of writing and planning, we began shooting in the town of Agde in the South of France in August 2019, with a stunningly talented team assembled by Chicago-based producers PY Films, an ensemble cast led by Mark Little, and the support of the local gypsy community, without whom we’d never have pulled it off.

Passing Through screened at festivals around the UK in 2023 and will be released in 2024.

Horses in the Rain

A two hander about female friendship with live improvised piano.

The story of a friendship that was too close, too painful, too intimate… for one of the friends at least – until the day she just disappeared. Three years later they meet in a café, one not knowing why they split apart, the other not knowing what is pulling them back together. All of their lives are tangled up in their relationship, and all of their lives are set to spill out onto the floor that night.

Featuring live music throughout with songs by Sidsel Endresen/Django Bates, Jacques Brel and Joni Mitchell.

Directed by Peter Darney
Cast: Angela Koo & Emma Perry
Music performed by Aisling Lavelle

No shows in the archive yet.

North of the Sunset

The story of the friendship between Thelonious Monk and Nica de Koenigswarter. Imogen Stubbs played Nica in the most recent production.

North of the Sunset explores the life of one of jazz’s most singular geniuses through the eyes of his intimate companion, the English heiress Pannonica “Nica” de Koenigswarter, with Monk’s iconic music played live in trio format throughout.

It is a story of complicated relationships – between Nica, Monk and his wife Nellie – and of the heavy toll taken on them by Monk’s fluctuating mental and physical health and his unjust treatment in an America that took little notice of him until it was almost too late.

Monk was born in a poor rural community in the Southern United States, and brought up in a tiny New York apartment with his mother and sisters. By contrast Nica was an heiress, a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty by birth and a baroness by marriage, her English country childhood swaddled in unimaginable privilege. Yet they forged a deep connection that was as unlikely as it was absolute.

It began in Paris, hanging out after a gig, in 1952. It was almost certainly the first time Monk had ever met anyone from Nica’s rarefied world. Yet it was not her first encounter with him, as she had already become entranced by his music several years earlier, and was determined to meet him.29 years and many adventures later, Monk eked out the final years of his life as Nica’s reclusive house guest, becoming a stranger to his wife and himself.

Why did Monk spend the last seven years of his life as a hermit? Why did he choose to live at Nica’s New Jersey mansion, while his wife crossed the Hudson river every day to bring him his meals? How did the extraordinary relationship persist between Monk, his wife Nellie and Nica for nearly 30 years? Both women remained absolutely loyal to him until his death. And what did Nica discover in that first recording she heard of Monk’s composition “‘Round Midnight” that paralysed her, made her listen to it 50 times, made her miss her plane and changed every inch of her life?

Inspired by his work on Theatralia’s Misterioso at Riverside Studios in 2009 – written by Stefano Benni, adapted and directed by Filomena Campus – David Walter Hall has created his own distinctive take on this fascinating story to coincide with Monk’s centenary. While Misterioso was an abstract, Brechtian exploration of Monk’s mind, North of the Sunset tells the story more directly, focusing on the lives and relationships of Nica, Monk and Nellie, in intimate scenes of friendship, love and frustration.

Voodoo Blues

Weaving the heady mythology of blues through the intangible excesses of rock and roll, Voodoo Blues brings us the myth of Faust through the strung out world of a wasted rock genius. Featuring original music by Russ Blaber of Helium Soul mingling with some blues-rock classics, this has been a long time in development.

Meslier

Meslier was a short, one act version of what became The Last Priest, written to be taken to the Edinburgh fringe in 2006.

No shows in the archive yet.


Meslier was a short, one act version of what became The Last Priest, written to be taken to the Edinburgh fringe in 2006.

The play was conceived by Dr Colin Brewer and developed by psychiatrist turned actor Julian Bird before they asked me to write the full script. Julian played the title role.