Thee Tsunami Short Story. Action ascene from my screenplay, The Giant’s Playground

    Captain Issi Haku peered through the haze, his eyes on the Icebreaker slashing its way through the ice mass as he circled the exposed Siberian seaport of Petropavlovsk. He was a small man, middle-aged – and an experienced Japanese pilot.  His co-pilot, navigator and life long friend was his uncle, Matsu Takashi. “The ice breakers are early this year. This’ll definitely be our last trip till next spring’s thaw,” his companion remarked. Issi turned his head. “Don’t worry we will be out of here in two hours tops.” Matsu smiled. “I hope Comrade Nikita’s got that extra fuel this time.” The twin-engine World War 2 (or 40? year old) Catalina seaplane skidded to a slushy halt as near to the dockside as was safe on the ice-capped greywater. “So far, so good...

The Mugging. Short Story

At my age it’s time for most men to be thinking of putting one’s feet up, and taking it easy. Other luckier ones did so years ago. But knocking a white ball around fields trying to get it a small hole didn’t do much for me. Pat and I have always been a busy couple physically and mentally. It was clear that winter night when I decided to nip down to the shop overlooking the Paignton Harbour for a paper. As it’s only a ten-minute walk, I never thought of taking the car. I just reached the end of the reasonably well-lit road when this man; he’d have been about 25 I suppose, stepped in front of me, his nose almost touching mine. His breath smelt of cigarettes or it could have been grass, but not knowing what that smells like. Anyway, his manner was both...

Pentad and the Real Wizards Handbook

Leeds Castle, Near Maidstone, Kent, England. The Loveliest castle in the Kingdom.               Log Logline. Wizardry is the world’s oldest profession, and five -The Pentad have been out of action for centuries. Then the dusty remains of a leather-bound book covered in hieroglyphics are discovered in a cobweb-strewn castle dungeon. These are the book covers and drawings. (see Graham’s superb drawing, he started the alphabet and hieroglyphics ) Synopsis. For centuries and contrary to belief, Wizardry is alive and flourishing – well almost. Recently a young be-spectacled English boy thrust Wizardry to the fore. Unfortunately, the Pentad has been out of action for about 800 years and are now desperate to prove their worth....

The Letter. Short story. Ghost story

A Ghost Story. 65-minute  screenplay written. On December 23, 1943, RAF Squadron Leader James Ford receives an order, one he does not want. ‘Photograph German Rocket sites today.’ James is getting married on Christmas Eve. Arguing with his Commanding Officer delays his take off, cramps mission time, and his return. His commanding officer is Winston Churchill. They are the only two who knew about this secret mission. James scribbles a letter to Kathy. His friend and best man promises to deliver it by hand later that day at Tenterden in Kent. Unfortunately, his letter is delivered 50 years later on Christmas Eve 1993. The Rocket facility is at the limit of James Mosquito’s range. To return and marry his fiancé means taking risks. Get it wrong, he ditches in the...

The Smugglers

The Mermaid Inn, Rye, East Sussex, on the Kent border, used by the gangs. The Smugglers. Feature. Action. Drama. Crime. 95-page screenplay.  Logline. After the King stole their farms and increases taxes. The rebellion spreads across the land. The vast flat, treeless desolate region, Romney Marsh is ‘out of bounds.’ It is 1748, the smuggling gangs get more brutal. Synopsis. It peaks in 1750 when the ordinary man cannot feed his family. The rebellion is not the only word on peasant’s tongues. Smuggling is the other and it is rife in Kent. They didn’t ask for it, King George the 3rd imposes crippling taxes if he wants a fight? He’s got it. Soon men from three villages organize three large opposing hostile gang’s. Each roams the vast Romney Marshes,...

The Longbow Man

Background, by English actor and world ‘Longbow’ expert on Sir Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and small fame)  Although the longbow in itself gave England a huge military advantage, it could never have garnered England so many victories on its own. A key factor in the longbow’s success was the people who wielded it. The English archers had training that was intense by any standards. The demands on the mind and body were so great that the Englishmen who became archers were almost a separate class of human beings, with a body build that differed from normal men, and a style of living that was unlike any other in Continental Europe. “The bow was put in the hand of every English body at the age of seven and it did not cease to furnish him...