IN PRE-PRODUCTION: THIS CHARMING MAN
SYNOPSIS: TERENCE WALKER (aged 39) is a shadow, a voyeur, a British Ex-pat surveillance photographer emotionally adrift in Los Angeles. By night, Walker cruises the faceless streets of East Los - photographing ‘cheating couples’ and their panorama of illicit sexual acts. Divorce Lawyers and paranoid spouses pay for Walker’s services. But Walker has reached a crisis point. Crippled by loneliness and alienation, he falls for a jilted wife and unwittingly photographs her husband burying the body of dead girl in high desert… Suddenly Walker is plunged into a morass of intrigue, deception and murder. The jilted wife is not who she seems. The dead girl may be the missing daughter of a powerful, corrupt Councilman. And as the death toll mounts, Walker’s descent into psychosis and violence is inevitable…
RELEASED NOVEMBER 2013: RIOT ON REDCHURCH STREET
SYNOPSIS: A rock and roll love triangle that ignites Anglo-Muslim racial tension in East London. Now there’s a riot on Redchurch Street that can only end in blood-fire and redemption.
IN DEVELOPMENT FOR 2014:
SYNOPSIS: Tom Valentine wakes up in an unfamiliar loft apartment - not sure where he is or how he got there. Despite the chic surroundings, there’s blood on his shirt, evidence of a struggle and a Luger pistol on the Persian rug… Valentine is only certain of three things: The girl that he loved has been murdered. His mind has been warped by the effects of a powerful psychotropic drug and he only has one chance to bring the shrouded, corporate killers to justice…
Since I first saw Oscar Hijuelos MAMBO KINGS in a bookstore, published with a flexi-disk in the early 80s - I realized that all of my dramatic endeavors should and would be crafted with their own special soundtrack. It started for me in 1988 - when we approached A GUY CALLED GERALD to create original music to be released with TRIP CITY. After a decade of editing other people’s material to music - it made sense to have somebody write original songs for RIOT ON REDCHURCH STREET. I didn’t realize how the songs that SIOBHAN FAHEY wrote for me would transform the film entirely and take me back to my youth - watching STARDUST with David Essex on a portable TV, in my bedroom. Finally with THIS CHARMING MAN we come full circle - bringing a little bit of Manchester to Los Angeles - by using custom recorded cover versions of classic 80s brit-pop by THE SMITHS. In some ways I travelled 2-million miles with this work - in other ways I am still a small boy in my father’s Moss Side record shop listening to Bluebeat in 1972. I guess that the music was always there - it just took me 40 years to hear it.