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Warwick Collins WORKS

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Warwick Collins Background:

WIKI

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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The Rationalist

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.

PERIOD DRAMA:

THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT / LES LIASONS DANGEREUSE

 

 

Gents 

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.

MESSAGE MOVIE:

MODERN DAY / AIRPORT OR TRAIN STATION / ALLEGORICAL / TOLLERANCE / RACE / RESPECT

 

 

Computer One

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

 

 

The other key screenplays:

 

F-Woman

is a fresh new 21st century vision of the superhero as feminist vigilante. Cynthia Lelague is a reporter who works in Los Angeles. In her spare time, under the nom-de-guerre of “F-Woman”, she hunts down men who have committed crimes against women. The complex central character is potentially a career-defining role for an actress in her early thirties, and provides a platform not only for a big studio movie, but for a series capable of competing with the classic male superheroes such as Superman and Batman.

 

Challenge

is potentially a great studio sea-movie, based on a challenge for the America’s Cup by a modern Russia trying to regain some of its old super-power status. In the divided loyalties experienced by the young American helmsman Jim Shaw, it combines the action-packed entertainment of a Clancy blockbuster with a highly sophisticated treatment of loyalty, patriotism, and the meaning of freedom.

 

The Family

 is a comedy based on a fifty-something baby-boomer, Harry Lister, who has tried to combine his hippie ideals with bringing up a family and running various ecological businesses. But to his horror, his sixteen-year-old son wants to become an accountant. Meanwhile, Harry’s wife Susan has written a novel in which the central character is a hippie who never grew up. The Family is also potentially afine subject for a television series, like Six feet Under or The Sopranos.

 

Final Cut

 is set in New York during the 1950s, is a powerful dark fable about a successful Hollywood editor who falls on hard times and ends up in a seedy basement editing porno movies for a fleapit movie houses owned by a gangster. The gangster wants wall-to-wall sex but the editor emphasises elements of plot and character. Strangely, the editor’s versions sell better than the pure porno fare. The clash between the two men seethes with anger and violence. The late Rod Steiger fell in love with the central role but wasn’t able to participate before he died.

 

The Director

 is about the battle for control of a movie. An A-list Hollywood director of action movies wants to make an “authentic” movie about violence but finds his intentions thwarted by a mutinous cast led by his leading actress.


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