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Warwick Collins Background:
Collins was widely considered to be a major literary novelist. Although of the same generation as British writers such as Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, and Ian McEwan, Collins deliberately avoided the cosmopolitan literary world, preferring to live quietly in the country and dedicate his life to writing.
He happily acknowledged that his own relative obscurity in his own language was the result of his own reserve, (he was better known in French, German, Spanish and Italian translations of his work).
One of the consequences of this relative obscurity, however, is that he created a remarkable body of fictional work which is virtually unknown to American readers, and which we believe is capable of making a powerful impact – especially when adapted for screen.
Warwick Collins was highly prolific. Over the last 25 years he wrote screenplays, stage plays, more than 20 novels, many “Mini Novels”, science papers, (including a rival theory of evolution to Darwin’s), and poetry. He also designed the Tandem Keel for the Americas Cup
His eight published novels, which include Challenge (1980), The Rationalist (1993), Gents (1997) recently re-published by the Friday Project / Harper Collins, (reviewed in the LondonTimes last year – as a modern literary classic), and The Marriage of Souls (1999) have drawn fine international reviews, and been immensely popular in translation. In particular, some of these critically acclaimed, successful novels were originally written as film scripts, and thereby benefit from his characteristically addictive plots and varied, believable cast.
What all of these script driven works share are major and sympathetic roles for actors and independents.
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A handsome young 17th Century doctor who prides himself on keeping his appetites under perfect control submits readily to the power of a voluptuous widow who initiates him into pleasures beyond his imagination – and then betrays him with deceit beyond his darkest fears.
THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT / LES LIASONS DANGEREUSE
When a supervisor of the Gents restroom instructs the employees to clamp down on illicit activities, all three are willing but when the turnstile takings plummet, they find that it is threatened with closure and the end of the work they love – they devise an ingenious solution.
MODERN DAY / AIRPORT OR TRAIN STATION / ALLEGORICAL / TOLLERANCE / RACE / RESPECT
Zen Buddhist professor Enzo Yakuda believes that he can prove that the self-repair function of Computer One, the international civil computer network which runs just about everything on the planet, will cause an inevitable confrontation with mankind and that in raising the alarm about this hidden danger he will inevitably precipitate in the annihilation of the entire human race.
SCIFI, MORAL MESSAGE MOVIE :
EX MACHINA / 2001 A SPACE ODESSEY / AI / BLADERUNNER
“MOVE OVER HAL” ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S ENDORSEMENT OF THIS NOVEL