"Probably the most important, untold human rights story in the world – one that could impact the lives of millions in the future and influence how the next Dalai Lama is selected. The Nelson Mandela of Tibet – the Panchen Lama – remains imprisoned to this day."
Logline: A BBC Journalist works secretly with the Dalai Lama to select Tibet's 2nd most revered spiritual figure, the Panchen Lama. Based on the acclaimed non-fiction work The Search for the Panchen Lama by Isabel Hilton. Genre: Suspense-Drama Budget: 5-10mil (cast dependent) Status: Development Director: Oliver Schmitz (Mapantsula, Paris Je T'aime, Shepherds and Butchers)– imdb here. Producer-writer: Don Thompson (Ned Rifle, Railway Children, Clouds) – imdb here Positive Coverage: International Screenwriters' Association – read excerpt from coverage here Accolades: Script Shark, International Screenwriters' Association 4.5 stars, Filmmatic Screenplay Contest (finalist), Slated 'Top of the Charts'
"This is a fantastic script, a really solid read from start to finish, gripping in its implications and scope." – International Screenwriters' Association, 2017 – more here
Teaser for Message to Shigatse
The God of this World
"A comedy that asks an important question: Is it better to live in a gritty reality or a happy fiction?"
Logline: A jaded, divorced New York Lawyer tries to convince his idealistic young daughter than her affair with an extraterrestrial is a fantasy. Once the young woman's strong-willed mother hears about the situation, she intervenes in an attempt to set matters straight. Genre: Comedy Budget: 1-5mil (cast dependent) Status: Development Producer-writer: Don Thompson (Ned Rifle, Railway Children, Clouds) – imdb here Accolades: Indie Theater Now play and Playwrights, 2017, METLab Official Selection
Teaser for The God of this World(play production Vimeo link)
The Ice Skater
"A Romantic Comedy about a unemployable introvert who finds solace in a librarian who reads trashy novels and shares his love of ice skating and cats."
Logline: Virgil, an introverted, Oxford-trained museum artifact expert and armchair philosopher, has just lost his job and finds himself alone and unemployable. Then he meets Francine and life takes a definite turn for the better. Genre: Romantic Comedy Budget: 1-5mil (cast dependent) Status: Development Producer-writer: Don Thompson (Ned Rifle, Railway Children, Clouds) – imdb here