Written by Elizabeth Revill
My reasons for making Rose, its target audience and cultural value by Carl Medland, Director:
I have always been curious in getting closer to understanding what motivates killers. Especially when the killers are female. Myra hindly and Rose West are the two names that most fascinate me. There has been many programmes on Myra Hindly but I feel Rose West has always been mainly seen as Fred’s wife and accomplice there is much speculation towards the level of her involvement which sentenced her to life imprisonment.
My focus and reason for making this film is to bring facts from research about Rose the daughter, sister, mother and wife to an audience in an unbiased way and to get closer to her inner dialogue her feelings and thoughts, into who is Rose West in the bid to understand what could have motivated her into the horrendous acts.
Whilst having a transparency of consequences of actions, what happens when we take the wrong path and are influenced by others into making wrong choices.
I knew I needed a sensitive writer to be able to turn my ideas into a screenplay and I discovered - Liz Spear AKA Elizabeth Revill who wrote “Killing me softly” which dealt with the themes of murder and incest with such maturity and understanding. I contacted her with a frame work I wanted the films approach to take. Liz supplied me draft after draft until I was happy this film would assert its self in a catalogue of films which I respect "Monster", "Our Children", "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and "Notes on a Scandal" all of these films dealt with provocative themes some based on real events and were written and in a sensitive manner.
Written by Jody Medland
It’s the summer of 1972 in England and leading investigatory journalist, Amanda Connors, is heading to the Prince Care Home, which houses both physically and mentally ill children. The rumours of abuse that arose through an anonymous call holds extra significance to her given that she herself was heavily abused as a child.
Due to the recent troubles in her relationship with boyfriend and Editor at The Times, Tony King, Amanda arrives in Devon in a troubled frame of mind. She steps off the train and is greeted by a roadside café that would be more fitting in the American outback that the English countryside. Already ill at ease, she is driven to Exmoor, where the story is set, and likens her introduction to her new colleagues within the creepy, gothic building to that of Jonathan Harker’s first meeting with Count Dracula.
Over the course of five days Amanda works undercover, assuming the role of an airheaded carer as she pushes for information, questioning the residents and the carers and secretly recording the bizarre routines and rituals deployed within the home in a series of notebooks and a Dictaphone, which she smuggles into the house.
She learns how two families, combined through marriage, came to run the home and by using her investigative skills, she expertly pieces their history together like a rather dark, distorted jigsaw puzzle. The world the characters inhabit often reaches bizarre heights reminiscent of Gaston Leroux’s The Mystery of the Yellow Room and the 1970’s setting compliments its quirkiness exceptionally well.
In the vein of Kate Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, we learn some uncomfortable truths about how the home’s elders have been able to cover up their grisly behaviour and when Amanda discovers the mind-blowing secret that “the Exmoor beast” is not just a myth but a by-product of the home’s torture, she is drawn into a game of cat-and-mouse where she must choose her allies wisely in order to survive.
The stakes are first raised when she discovers she is pregnant, and then again when she discovers the elders have always known she is a journalist and tricked her into becoming a pawn in their sick yet outrageously clever game - a revelation that shatters any illusion she is safe.
Her struggle to escape the horrors that surround her in the most isolated of locations gives us the same suffocated feeling as we experienced in Stephen King’s The Shining as we are guided towards a gripping finale that ensures we will never look at the countryside in the same way again before a shattering conclusion provides us with the possibility of a sequel.
CONVERSATIONS WE NEVER HAD
Written by Carl Medland
A family mourn the loss of Stanley an 87 year old family man at his funeral through whispers and conversations it appears everyone had a different impression of the man he was.
Whilst different family members grieve and emotions are heightened their sensitivities are tested when secrets from the past our ousted.
Some conversations are just too difficult to have this film does not shy away from these.
Characters stories become connected as the film progresses and the viewer will begin to learn the bigger picture and understand characters personalities and motivations through comedy and high drama. Themes covered , incest , open relationships, living with bi polar and adultery.
OUR BIG BAY HOLIDAY
Written by Carl Medland
Our big gay holiday follows a group of gay friends to the popular holiday destination, Gran Canaria, where it's not just the sun that's out.
Relationships are made and broken as we see people let down their inhibitions, this is a comic and sentimental look into a group of diverse gay friends, all looking to have the holiday of their lifetime.
Steve Clark and Steve Rayburn are identical twins. But they don’t know that yet.
And Steve R is gay and Steve C is not. But they don’t know that yet.
Steve C has a new wife and step-kids, while Stevie R has a burgeoning recording career and a high-powered boyfriend. But they don’t know that yet.
Nobody knows, not even the adopted parents of both brothers…Yet.
So when Steve C moves into the same town as Steve R, people start to think he is living a double life, which has implications for all the family. And as Steve R wants to commit to his partner at Christmas, why is he suddenly being accused of having an affair with a woman?
Both men have a huge adjustment to make. In comic and poignant ways, the brothers’ faith, fears, their different ideologies and backgrounds are all tested, as they learn about their past and present – for each man to really love himself, he must accept his other half.
Yet it might just be the best Christmas present either is ever going to get… each other.
Other tag lines:
"But through all their differences they have one thing in common …each other"
GRINDER THE MOVIE
Written by Carl Medland
My reasons for wanting to make "Grindr the Movie" love is zero feet away:
Having written directed and produced two award winning gay and lesbian feature films based on love and all its trimmings, I feel the number one dating app would connect my love stories in a truthful modern day context. When going online is the new going out with the thrill of finding love zero feet away.
I'd celebrate all that's great, convenient and life changing about this app, love, friendship, human behaviours would play out comically and emotionally. My direction and style will be authentic and supportive of the app.
The film will feature diverse characters in age, tribes, nationality, race etc. The film will have a sexy vibe as the app itself does.
This film will really comment on the modern gay man today, all that great about us also looking at where some of us have room for improvement.
THE ART OF KILLING
Written by Lleucu Gruffydd
The Art of Killing is a thriller with hints of humour injected throughout, mostly set in modern day North Wales. Utilizing a limited number of dark, eerie but also some beautiful locations and sets.
The Art of Killing follows 6 members of an art class for the gay community who leave the city life in London for the weekend to experience the landscaping opportunities North Wales has to offer. They arrive as companions, but their first night at the secluded farmhouse is only the start of the jealousy, drama, lust, love, bitterness and comedic melodrama there is to unravel between them.
When Garry, the pretty-and-he-knows-it life model storms off into the woods to get away from the jealous looks and possessive contest for his attention between Ralph the eccentric art mentor and Sean the hot, Irish loveable rogue who has fallen for him, it’s only the beginning of the violence and fright facing them when he suffers an unexpected (non fatal) blow to the back of his head. Suspicion falls on Tony the strong, quiet ex-convict who is blamed for every miss-fortune they encounter, until he himself is violently killed.
All of them are left to fend for themselves as the killer get to each of them one by one in a thrilling and shocking manor which will keep the audience at the edge of their seats as they too, like the characters themselves begin to suspect and turn on each other.
When we believe that Garry is the last one to be killed, he is heroically saved from the killer’s grasp by Sean. At the brake of dawn on their last day of their trip, both men stumble relieved to safety. But this relief is quickly taken away when the killer’s mask is found close by....is he watching or is it in actual fact one of them? We soon find out.
The Art of Killing is a thrilling tale of jealousy, doubt and bloody killings. It’s a desperate struggle to survive, unfortunately an impossibility when the killer is closer than you could ever imagine...