Welcome to the Brit List 2011.
As in previous years, the UK and Irish film community have compiled a list of their most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays. Out of over 160 screenplays nominated the projects below achieved the 3 votes or more needed in order to appear on the list.
Producers: Stigma Films
Genre: Sci-fi Horror
Summary: A group of online gamers are invited to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality sim, but what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge video technology - a perfect representation of soldiers in a warzone - takes a turn for the sinister when the stakes are raised to fatal. These masters of the shoot 'em up will have to fight for their lives within a game gone too far: this time it's for real.
Producers: Origin Pictures/BBC Films
Summary: An innocent man on the run across London is forced to go underground in an attempt to evade his dangerous pursuers. Based on William Boyd's internationally best-selling novel.
Producers: Dominic Buchanan
Summary: A story about loss, memory, love and intimacy. A mothers attempt at understanding who her son is after his untimely death.
Producers: Forward Films
Producers: Big Talk Productions/Studio Canal
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Producers: Origin Pictures/Film4
Summary: When three children are left to fend for themselves in a London flat, things start to spiral out of control. Based on Polly Stenham's critically acclaimed stage play.
Producers: Origin Pictures/BBC Films/ Minnow Films/BFI
Summary: A funny and moving rites of passage drama that charts a teenage prodigy's journey to the Mathematics Olympiad, and his quest to find a formula for love.
Producers: AL Films/BBC Films
Producers: David Gerson, Nick Wechsler and Rory Gilmartin
Genre: Crime Thriller
Summary: Former Chinese cop, JIAN arrives in London seeking revenge on snakehead criminal BLACK FORT, the man he holds responsible for the murder of his daughter. British undercover cop RAY picks up his trail, and must decide whether to stop Jian or let him do his dirty work for him.
Producers: Focus Features
Producers: Cloud Eight Films
Summary: A Federal Marshal tracks his best friend's murderer through the Utah badlands to an outlaw stronghold. To bring his man to justice, he must first take out 23 of the most lawless fugitives in the land – and their leader, a shadowy figure from his past.
Producers: Kate Ogborn/Fly Film
Summary: Mary is off her head on a night out when she is visited by the angel Gabriel who tells her that she has been chosen by God to give birth to the next Messiah. This time the Messiah won't be born to a virgin. What happens when a girl who isn't ready to grow up is chosen to save the world? ‘Like a Virgin’ is a coming-of-age comedy about the search for the sublime in the ridiculous, the meaningful in the mundane and the desire to believe in something bigger than ourselves.
Producers: Heyday Films/BBC Films
Summary: An adaptation of the classic First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which tackles youth, hope, dreams, love, and loss, and tells the personal story of how one woman faces the tragedy of war, and rises above it.
Producers: Altered Image Films
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Summary: Joseph, a young ex-gardener is paralysed in a bike accident and his life seems all but over. When he is abducted by a brutal brothel owner to service the voyeurism of a perverse client Joseph’s life seems to have entered a deeper stage of hell. But Joseph and prostitute Ingrid fall in love and together plan to escape.
Producers: Ruby Films/BBC Films/BFI
Genre: Romantic Drama
Summary: Adapted from Edith Wharton's classic, the story captures the adventures of three wealthy American girls. Unable to gain acceptance in the WASP-y East Coast society, they are taken by their English governess to hunt for titled husbands in her home country, where many an impoverished Duke and Earl will look fondly at an American girl with a fortune, wherever that fortune comes from...They soon find however that they may have bitten off more than they can chew, and Laura, the governess, is forced to make some hard choices to make things right.
Producers: Kennedy Mellor Limited
Summary: Dumas is a man without a history; a ghost operating in that no-man’s land between legal and criminal; a genius at providing unscrupulous corporate raiders with devastating information plucked from the air. Hirst is his final customer and becomes his nemesis.
Producers: DNA/BBC Films
Genre: Period Drama
Summary: An adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel
Producers: Escape Films
Summary: An American writer moves to rural England to escape his demons, only to find that he is haunted by a very real danger instead.
Producers: Rook Films/Big Talk Productions
Genre: Black Comedy
Producers: Headline Pictures/Magnolia Mae Films/BBC Films/BFI
Genre: Romantic Drama
Summary: The story of Victorian England’s most famous author, Charles Dickens, and his secret love affair with young actress Nelly Ternan.
Producers: Embargo Films/Salt
Summary: Miss You Already is a film about love, loss and laughter.
Producers: The Ink Factory/Potboiler Productions/ Film4
Summary: Adaptation of John le Carré's bestselling novel. An enigmatic figure arrives in Hamburg with unclear objectives and the keys to a safe deposit box containing a fortune. He sweeps an embittered spy, a British banker and an idealistic young lawyer into a thrilling and moving mystery about his identity.
Producers: The Ink Factory/Potboiler Productions
Summary: The lives of a young couple are changed forever after a chance encounter with a charismatic Russian oligarch. The man turns out to be the number one money launderer for the Russian mob, and his days are numbered unless the couple can come to his rescue. Based on John le Carré's bestselling novel.
Producers: Matt Tolmach/Sony Columbia Pictures
Genre: Comedic Thriller
Summary: A hapless and broken hearted barrista is visited by two bad-ass soldiers from the future who tell him mankind is doomed and he alone can save them.
Producers: Met Film Production
Genre: Road movie/Comedy
Summary: A funny and truthful road movie about a 50-something couple whose failing marriage is driven to its limits as they cross the US to get to their son's wedding.
Producers: Vertigo Films
Summary: Set in the sun drenched Mediterranean, mother and daughter unwittingly fall for the same guy in this contemporary musical that features the greatest tracks from the 80’s.