REBEL – Philip has boarded, as co-writer and director, the movie adaptation of The Arrangements of Love, ‘a rollicking novel about family, home and the intricacies of ordinary human relationships,’ by Timeri N. Murari. Nimmi Harasgama shares the writing duties. Produced by Sunitha Tati for Guru Films.
FILM CLUB – Penned by long time collaborator, Dean Cavanagh, Philip has shot a scabrous comedy pilot, in which a group of actors, playing themselves, meet to discuss a film. Starring David Threlfall, Shauna Macdonald, Bonnie Prince Bob, Sayani Gupta, Roger Evans and Sophie Melville. Episode one – Citizen Kane. Produced by Orange River and Tilt Content.
ANNIKA – Philip is helming the the first three episodes of new dark marine crime drama, starring Nicola Walker for Black Camel films.
DEVELOPMENT SLATE – FILM
LET THERE BE ROCK – a bittersweet comedy set in the South Wales Valleys. Old and young generations of men come together to save a local choir. Written by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh. Produced by Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment and Paul Brooks of Gold Circle. Anthony Hopkins is attached.
MY FATHER, THE FILM MAKER – a road movie and wry love story. Question. What do you do when you hit fifty, and your ex-wife, whom you still adore, won’t accompany you on a belated honeymoon to California? Answer. You go alone, take a camcorder and change the course of your life on the way. Written by Philip John.
MY HOMEMADE KITE – tells of the turbulent love story between two Sri Lankan women. Indra is a victim of torture, and Pradeepa is an anti-government activist. It’s set against the backdrop of the brutality and horror of the Sri Lankan civil war. Written by Nimmi Harasgama and Philip John.
LIVE FROM HEAVEN – a dark jewel of a film. Repair man Jim receives instruction from Thomas Edison to make a television screen which shows the afterlife. The revelation soon spreads throughout the townsfolk leading them to view life very differently. Written by Chips Hardy.
HERE BE MONSTERS – a brutal slow burn revenge thriller telling the story of an intense young man trying to live his life in the shadow of his abusers. Written by Dean Cavanagh.
DEVELOPMENT SLATE – TELEVISION
FINDING NETTA – ‘dramedy’ TV series, based on Nimmi Harasgama’s Sri Lankan chat show persona, Auntie Netta. Written by Nimmi Harasgama and Philip John.
UNCLE SAM’S FUNHOUSE – written by Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh, Funhouse is a multi layered ensemble story of forty-something characters who KNOW they were child stars in a 1980’s children TV series, The problem is that no trace of the show exists, and we follow our characters as they try to uncover what did actually happen to them.
WALTZING MATILDA – an epic romantic drama set during the Australian sheep shearers strike of the 1890s, telling the story of the birth of the Labor Movement and of the folk tune that became a Socialist anthem. Written by Max Mannix and Franc Roddam. Executive producer, Franc Roddam and Grant Bradley. Produced by Gina Boon.
LAST TRAIN TO LLANELLI – darkly comic Film Noir TV series from the trilogy of novels by Robert Lewis. Adapted by Philip John and Hass Amini. Producers Hass and Hossein Amini, with development support from Film Agency Wales.