A family adventure feature about a dyslexic London school kid sent to live with his grandmother in Scotland has topped the annual Brit List for the top unsigned TV and film projects.
Super Gran, which is from Keri Collins and with London-based producer Brock Media, scored 22 recommendations, four more than the second placed project, Henry Blake and Xiao Tang’s ‘body horror love story’ feature The Golden Radiance of a Beetle. The results were revealed at an event in London this evening in the UK.
Collins’ film treatment follows a boy who is sent to his boring, cantankerous granny’s home in Scotland for Christmas only to discover she has secret superpowers and a spy base beneath Loch Ness. He is taken on an epic adventure in her flying 1980s Mini to do battle with an arrogant tech bro, who wants to bring about instant climate change for profit.
Thirteen projects have been selected for the Brit List this year, with the number of recommendation upped to 12 to gain a place. There is near parity between male and female writers and nearly a third of writers come from historically underrepresented voices.
The top three, which also includes Maja Bodenstein’s psychological thriller The Manikin, are all features. Brit List founder and Director Alexandra said she hoped “this marks a British film renaissance.”
The following ten projects are TV projects from the likes of BBC Studios Drama, Happy Prince and 5 Acts Productions. Five of the projects don’t yet have a production company attached but all come from writers with representation.
Recommendations comes from British production companies, talent agencies, sales companies, financiers, distributors and broadcasters, with the results providing a snapshot of industry tastes.
“Thirteen scripts from fourteen fantastic writers have made it onto The Brit List 2023, and I’m particularly delighted that this year three feature scripts have topped the List – the first time since The Brit List combined both film and TV scripts,” said Arlango.
“The volume of scripts put forward for recommendation – and the number of companies taking part from the UK film and television industries – continues to grow. Most importantly, the range of the stories being written are diverse, engaging and brilliantly entertaining.
“All the writers who have made it onto The Brit List 2023 are exceptionally talented, and The Brit List is committed to supporting them as they navigate both the UK ,and global, film and TV industries. I can’t wait to see what they will do next.”
TWENTY TWO RECOMMENDATIONS
SUPER GRAN by Keri Collins (42)
Producer: Brock Media
Genre: Family Adventure Comedy
Summary: A dyslexic London schoolkid (12), tired of people saying he’s stupid, is sent to stay with his boring, cantankerous Scottish granny for Christmas. However, he is stunned to discover she has secret superpowers and a secret spy base beneath Loch Ness, as he is taken on an epic adventure in her flying 1980s Mini, doing battle with an arrogant tech bro who wants to bring about instant climate change for profit. It is in this chaos that the boy discovers his dyslexia helps him see the world in a different way, giving him his very own superpower with which to help his Super Gran.