Magazine article Screen International

Survivalist Tops UK Brit List

Magazine article Screen International

Survivalist Tops UK Brit List

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EXCLUSIVE: Other projects include a Charles Dickens adaptation from Hanna co-writer David Farr, developed by Origin Pictures and BBC Films.

The 2013 Brit List is being sent out to the UK film industry, topped by Stephen Fingleton's dystopian future script The Survivalist. Producers on the thriller are Robert Jones and Wayne Godfrey of The Fyzz Facility.

Set years after a lack of resources result in much of the world's population dying off, a survivalist is living alone on a farm until a woman and her 17-year-old daughter show up looking for cover.

The annual list of the best unproduced screenplays is compiled from nominations made by more than 80 producers, agents, distributors and sales agents throughout the UK film community.

Created in 2007 as a UK version of the UK Black List, it aims to draw attention to and stimulate interest in some of the top projects that have yet made it to the screen.

A script has to receive three or more votes to appear on the list, which this year totals 15 titles, and be penned by a non-US writer. Scripts that have appeared on previous Brit Lists are not eligble.

This year there was a wider spread of scripts nominated, with fewer achieving the three votes or more needed.

The Survivalist secured seven votes.

Second on the list, with six votes, was A Tales of Two Cities by David Farr, co-writer of Joe Wright's action thriller Hanna.

Produced by David Thompson's Origin Pictures and BBC Films, the drama is a new adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.

Other screenplays include What We Did On Our Holiday, from Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, writers of BBC sitcom Outnumbered; and Posh, adapted from Laura Wade's hit play and previously reported by Screen.UK Brit List 2013

SEVEN VOTES

THE SURVIVALIST by Stephen Fingleton (Independent Talent Group)Producers: Robert Jones/Wayne GodfreyGenre: ThrillerSummary: Years after lack of resources result in much of the world's population dying off, a survivalist is living alone on a farm until a woman and her seventeen year old daughter show up looking for cover.

SIX VOTES

TALE OF TWO CITIES by David Farr (Curtis Brown Group)Producers: Origin Pictures/BBC FilmsGenre: DramaSummary: A bold new adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.

FIVE VOTES

INVASION by Joe Barton (Independent Talent Group)Producers: Raw/Film FourGenre: ThrillerSummary: A US-set psychological thriller with science-fiction elements.

TRIGGER by Lindsay Shapero (Blake Friedman Agency)Producers: Met Film Productions/BFIGenre: Dark ComedySummary: A twisted detective thriller centred around a teenage boy investigating his own suicide. …

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