Following an exciting evening showcasing three outstanding scripts, Matthew Kirton has been named as the winner of the coveted Write to Green Light competition, hosted by Zygi Kamasa (Lionsgate UK) and Idris Elba (Green Door Pictures), receiving a paid development option with both companies.
The live reading final took place at the Savoy, London and was attended by a host of industry influencers. Things kicked off with a 15 minute reading of the three scripts picked out of over 250 submissions. The three finalist writers were Lauren Sequeira, Matthew Kirton and Ryan Brown who had the extracts of their work performed by a strong cast of professional actors which included Malachi Kirby (Roots, 2016), Tanya Fear (A Moving Image) and Hammed Animashaun (Flowers).
Each of the writers gave a short intro before their pieces were read.
Lauren Sequeira’s piece, Cleo inspired by Queen Cleopatra the story repurposed with a modern spin has been retold over a contemporary London gang setting.
Ryan Brown’s piece, We Are Your Children is based on the imagined events of the true life story of a serial killer who, between 1974 and 1976 murdered 14 gay men.
Matthew Kirton’s peice, Sin of God set in near-future Britain told the tale of a man who was executed by the state after being found guilty of murder by the state. Yet 15 days later he’s been given a second chance at redemption and drags himself out of this grave to face his new life.
Elba comments “The calibre of talent on show this evening has been outstanding, and we are grateful that so many key decision makers and influential members of the television industry came and offered their support. Jim O’Hanlon superbly directed a cast of talented experienced and emerging actors and it was fantastic to see the finalists’ scripts come to life through their performances. In my opinion all three scripts are worthy of development”
Lionsgate UK is the diversified U.K.-based filmed entertainment arm of Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The company (formerly Redbus Film Distributors) was acquired by Lionsgate in October 2005 and has since established a reputation in the U.K. as a leading producer and distributor and acquirer of commercially successful and critically acclaimed product, recently releasing crowd pleaser “Eddie the Eagle”, the multi award winning “Brooklyn”, the BAFTA Nominated “Sicario”, and blockbuster “London Has Fallen”. Upcoming titles for the 2016 slate include Noel Clarke’s “Brotherhood”, Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon” and Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land”. The company’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates.
Green Door Pictures Idris Elba established Green Door Pictures in 2013 to create programming and projects, which reflect his passion as well as the values close to his heart. Green Door champions diversity of thought and ideas whilst investing in young and upcoming talent, as well as established artists, to produce work that is innovative, entertaining, thought-provoking, and appeals to a broad audience. Green Door has a slate that covers scripted and non-scripted projects across Film and Television, extending also into Online, Theatre and Children’s, and work with broadcasters and other partners both here in the UK and internationally. Currently, Green Door is producing a short-form drama series in collaboration with BBC Drama for BBC3, which is designed to give new writing, directing and acting talent the opportunity to get their work on screen. Green Door is also developing projects for the UK and International markets including the recently announced Brazza, a drama set in the Congo in coproduction with Tandem, Studiocanal and Save Ferris. Production is almost complete on Guerrilla (Written, Directed and Executive Produced by John Ridley) starring Idris Elba and Freida Pinto. Green Door has also co-produced factual programmes including ‘Mandela, My Dad and Me’ and mini-series ‘Idris Elba: No Limits’. Filming for ‘Idris Elba: Fighter’ has just finished and is in post production, due to air on Discovery in 2017.