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The Mini Novels – episodic content

 

A collection of around 50 stories of 10,000 words / 50 pages. Subversive and satirical.

 

We believe there is a timely opportunity to create an online portal built on the foundation of Warwick Collins’ Mini Novel series. A variety of content ready for people to download and consume to watch now or later, on vacation or on the commute. Technology now makes this reality. These would be films made to the highest standard and with the brightest new and established talent. Setting the bar for quality content.

He was insistent that they were categorised as “Mini Novels” rather than short stories, because they were structured with a “beginning, a middle and an end” and were all similar in length.

With the rise of “series television platforms like Netflix, Amazon etc. a portal could be created for their episodic release.

Many would lend themsleves to Branded Content partnerships, (e.g. The Jeweller’s Wife).

Warwick was way ahead of Amazon / Netflix etc when he wrote:

 “Fictions of this length are not new. Entertaining tales told by the campfire are probably as old as the human race. In our busy modern age, however, such stories could return to a special and powerful place in the future on the internet. Amongst other advantages, a well-written mini-novel is a fine entertainment to read on a laptop, e-reader, iPod or mobile phone, on a train or plane journey, or for those times when the reader has an hour or so to spare.” (Warwick Collins)

 

THE JEWELLER’S WIFE

A beautiful woman walks to work each day in the French provincial town of Souterre. By a strange coincidence many men of the town choose to walk to work at the same time. When one of the younger men in the morning procession makes a crude remark to her, she ceases her daily walk and the equanimity of the town is deeply disturbed. The spiritual crisis amongst the town’s menfolk is only resolved when the young man who was originally responsible for the slur formally apologises for his affront, and the Jeweller’s Wife can once more  resume her habitual daily walk up the high street.

PERKINS, THE EARLY YEARS

Two twelve-year-old intellectuals roam a small English seaside town, sampling the town’s entertainments and diversions. Perkins is a red-headed albino genius with a devastating effect on women. His companion is writing his official biography, Perkins, the early years.

PERKINS, THE SEQUEL

Perkins, a militant atheist, finds that his school is intending to build a new chapel. In the face of his objections, he is informed that only those who “seek solace” there need attend. This does not mollify Perkins, who takes the view that school facilities should be for everyone. He launches a campaign against the proposed building, arguing that the school should put up a brothel instead, and only those who “seek solace” there need attend.

NAMES

Names is about drug gang warfare in Los Angeles. Dellesandro Jones leads the Black Lights. His formidable rival, Dominique, leader of the Aces, is muscling in on Dellesandro’s territory, threatening to deploy his notorious hit man Illuminatus. Dellesandro, finding his life threatened, is forced to strike first.

THE SEAL

Two elderly writers enjoy fishing on the English coast, but they find the local fish stocks are severely depleted by a seal which has taken up residence there. To frighten the seal away without physically harming it, one of them suggests putting down polar bear dung obtained from London zoo. Unfortunately their “eco -terrorism” plan backfires, with alarming and unexpected results.

THE PAINTER

A cache of new paintings is found from an old 17th century Dutch master. The paintings, which have erotic subject matter, prove highly controversial, and their provenance and interpretation causes a bitter fight between two leading art critics.

ARISTOCRATS

The distinguished British novelist Lucien Bellamorte finds himself isolated because he writes on largely middle-class themes, at a time when corporate publishers are seeking young celebrities and more “popular” work. Bellamorte finds that a scandal amongst several of his acquaintances, involving a Catholic priest who is found dead in the apartment of a beautiful and notorious woman, helps to revive his own reputation.

THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES BELMOTH

Lucien Bellamorte’s old friend, Charles Belmoth, becomes a leading politician in Europe, and a strong advocate of a European super-state. Bellamorte, who dislikes his old friend’s politics, nevertheless attempts to defend Charles Belmoth from scandalous insinuations about his private life. But his efforts to defend Belmoth on the grounds that the private life should be separate merely ends up by contributing to Belmoth’s downfall as a politician.

CELEBRITY

Victor Gambini, a fine translator of the works of the great Argentine novelist Luis Valdez, discovers that Valdez’s widow — who Valdez married on his deathbed — is exercising a Stalin-like control over her husband’s literary property, and is bent on replacing the definitive translations, on which Valdez and Gambini collaborated, with inferior versions by another translator.

TALES FROM THE CAFE

Benjamin Bradshaw is a postgraduate anthropology student who likes to listen to tales from blue-collar workers in a local café. He becomes increasingly aware that America consists of two cultures — his own educated, somewhat liberal culture, and another culture which is intensely religious, patriotic and has strong views about the respective roles of men and women.

MOVIES

Al Gold is a film mogul who has made the long journey from a ghetto in Poland to New York and then Los Angeles, becoming one of the founders of Hollywood. Movies, which disinters Gold’s extraordinary life, is also a satire on how Hollywood was created by extraordinary maverick individuals.

THE GENERAL

Lucien Bellamorte finds that one of his rural English neighbours, a retired general, is both formidable and odious. When the General is not cheating at cards or bridge, he enjoys persecuting the local vicar for being too modern and “fashionable” in his sermons. The General dies, and Lucien is unaffected, until he reads an obituary which relates how the General received the George Cross as a young subaltern for carrying several hundred lepers in his own arms out of an earthquake-struck hospital in Quetta.

OLD INDIAN

Two city women buy a waterside house on a rural lake in Washington State, and cause local tongues to wag. Frank Crabshaw, an elderly man of part Indian descent, delivers their papers and befriends them, until one day his body is found mysteriously floating in the lake.

THE PROGRAMME

Adam and Fay are a young married couple who find a sophisticated app on the internet which allows people to make surprisingly realistic movies with stock characters. Adam argues in favour of making a porn movie, but Fay, who teaches English literature, insists that they attempt something more ambitious.

PROPERTY

In New Carthage, a small farming town in Washington state, a teenage girl whose mother died when she was young, and who has grown used to being the chatelaine of her household, finds her position threatened when two beautiful sisters who run a neighbouring restaurant — Marcy and Rena Rasmussen — start to show signs of interest in her father.

THE “MOVIELAND” SERIES OF 5 MINI NOVELS

Set in the San Fernando Valley near LA. Its protagonist, Frank Jones, is a former hippie and avant-garde movie-maker who, with his screenwriter wife Jane, has become a leading light in the porn film industry ….

1. SAVAGES

Frank Jones, the notorious director of porn and avant-garde art films, is asked to speak at a Midwestern campus, where he makes his usual contentious claim that in sexual mores and the repression of healthy instincts the Americans are no better than “savages”. He adds the claim that in due course better, more “humane” movies will emerge from the evolving porn industry than from Hollywood.

 

2. THREE WOMEN

One of the female students Frank meets while lecturing has written a screenplay based on a true historical story, set in the 1950s in Illinois, in which a policeman surprises a 17-year-old youth and his similar-aged fiancée having sex in a car beside a lonely road. According to the laws of the time on underage sex, the boy is tried for statutory rape for which the state law is death by electric chair. Frank likes the story and sets out to make a crusading movie about state injustice.

3. GHOST STORY

Frank recounts to an old accountant friend the story of how he and Jane made a low budget movie based on the strange tale of a middle -aged woman with a wasting illness who is miraculously revived by the attentions of handsome young man. Frank’s friend appears largely uninterested, until Frank outlines how he and Jane made the movie for a budget of less than $200,000 and netted a box office return of several million dollars on the arts circuit.

4. SPECIAL EFFECTS

Frank gets a telephone call from an old friend, the head of one of the most financially successful porn studios in the Valley, Blue Ocean. His friend wants to marry porn with expensive car chase special effects, but the film project in question has already absorbed $10 million and is going badly wrong. Frank’s friend wonders whether Frank and Jane can save the movie (and the expensive special effects by rewriting the script and re-shooting.

5. PURSUIT

Frank makes a movie about a vegetarian ex-hippie film-maker, not unlike himself, who finds himself under attack from the religious right for the explicit sexual content of his films. In the film version the central character, finding his lectures constantly interrupted by a group of moral zealots, pulls an Uzi submachine gun out of his old briefcase and mows down his persecutors, before going on the run. The film becomes surprisingly popular. Frank claims he has invented a new genre — the “hippie vegetarian psychopath movie”.