THE BRIT LIST 2010

As in previous years, the UK and Irish film community have compiled a list of their most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays. Due to an increase in the number of people taking part this year, a script had to receive 3 votes or more in order to appear on the list. Below are the 35 out of over 170 screenplays nominated that achieved this.

In order to qualify for the Brit List, a screenplay had to:


  • receive 3 or more votes
  • be unproduced (not shooting) at the time of the list’s circulation
  • be written by any writer who is non US (by birth), and
  • not have featured on previous Brit Lists

Where known, producers have been named alongside the screenplays.

Every effort has been made to supply accurate information, and apologies are made in advance for any inaccuracies or misspellings.

11 VOTES

SEX EDUCATION by Jonathan Stern and Jamie Minoprio (Casarotto)
Two schoolboys fall in love with the wife of their hated gym teacher.

Producers: Ruby Films/BBC Films

8 VOTES

CHEERLEADERS by Ben Schiffer (ITG)
An American teacher tries to start a cheerleading squad in a London comprehensive.

Producers: Cloud Eight Films

7 VOTES

HONOUR by Shan Khan (The Agency)
A thriller about honour killings.

Producers: Dan Films/Parti Productions

SHADOW DANCER by Tom Bradby (Lucas Alexander Whitley (law) Agency)
Bradby’s adaptation of his own book that follows a female IRA terrorist who turns informer.

Producers: Unanimous Pictures/Element Pictures/Wildbunch Production

SONG FOR MARION by Paul Andrew Williams (United Agents)
A 78 year-old widower joins the choir of his late wife.

Producers: Steel Mill Productions

WELCOME TO THE PUNCH by Eran Creevy (ITG)
Large crime-thriller pitched as Michael Mann meets “The Last Boy Scout.”

Producers: Between the Eyes

6 VOTES

BREATHE (aka BACK 2 JACK) by Claire Wilson (Casarotto)
Coming of age story about a group of teenagers dealing with a suicide.

Producers: Element Pictures

ENGAGED by James Condon (unrepresented)
Dark comedy about someone trapped in a toilet cubicle.

Producers: Silvertown Films

THE ANIMATORS by Clive Dawson (ITG)
A crew of astronaut explorers succumb one by one to a terrifying and mysterious force.

Producers: Qwerty Films

5 VOTES

A LONG WAY DOWN by Jack Thorne (Casarotto)
Adaptation Nick Hornby’s novel, about a group strangers all intending to commit suicide when they meet on a rooftop on New Year’s Eve.

Producers: Finola Dwyer Productions/Wildgaze Films

GRANNY MADE ME AN ANARCHIST by Ronan Bennett (Tavistock Wood) and Duncan Campbell (United Agents)
Based on his anarchist Stuart Christie recounts his involvement in a plot to assassinate Spanish dictator Franco.

Producers: Origin Pictures/Easter Partisan/Film 4

4 VOTES

30 EGGS by Eoin O’Connor (Berlin Associates)
Producers: Treasure Entertainment

BLACKROCK (aka BAD DAY IN BLACKROCK) by Malcolm Campbell (Curtis Brown)
An adaptation of Kevin Power‘s novel “Bad Day at Blackrock” about the murder of an Irish school rugby team member, kicked to death by his teammates on a night out, and the subsequent cover-up.

Producers: Element Pictures

FINISHING SCHOOL by Daisy Donovan (ITG)
The 17-year-old daughter of a Chicago mobster is sent to finishing school in Switzerland.

Producers: Origin Pictures

LAST WILL by Geoff Thompson (Debi Allen Associates)
After an encounter with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, a man sets off a bloody and ruthless chain of events which drags him into an underworld of menace and violence.

Producers: Steel Mill Productions

LETTERS FROM AMERICA by Gaia and Hania Elkington (United Agents)
An English couple retread the steps of their daughter who died in America.

LOVEFEST by Michael Cowen (United Agents)
Producers: Cloud Eight Films/Pathé

THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE by Andrew Bovell (HLA)
Adaptation of an erotic novel by the Australian writer Nikki Gemmell: a seemingly happy married woman disappears unexpectedly.

Producers: Forward Films

VALERIO by Kelly Marcel (Casarotto)
Following real-life bank robber Valerio Viccei, who stole over £60 million from the Knightsbridge Security deposit and was later captured despite escaping to Latin America.

Producers: 4DH Films

3 VOTES

3 MINUTE HEROES by Paven Virk (Alan Brodie Representation)
Producers: Mike Elliot

A LITTLE CHAOS by Alison Deegan (The Agency)
A female gardener must build a fountain at the Versailles court of Louis XIV.

Producers: Potboiler

BROKEN by Mark O’Rowe (Curtis Brown)
Based on the novel by Daniel Clay, Broken follows the relationship between three suburban families.

Producers: Cuba Pictures

DEVOTCHKA by Gary Young (Sara Putt Associates) and Geoff Bussetil (ITG)
An agent goes undercover in the Russian mafia.

Producers: Peapie Films

ELFIE HOPKINS AND THE GAMMONS by Riyad Barmania (Alan Brodie Representation) and Ryan Andrews (ITG)
Horror about a curious teenager studying the new arrivals to town.

Producers: Size 9

FUMBLING by Stephen Prentice (The Rod Hall Agency)
Teen coming-of-age comedy.

Producers: DJ Films

GIRL’S NIGHT OUT by Trevor De Silva (The Rod Hall Agency)
Screwball comedy about Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret who anonymously celebrated with the people on VE Day.

Producers: Ecosse Films

JAMAICA INN by Patrick Harbinson (ITG) and Michael Thomas (Casarotto)
Adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel following a group of thieves who run ships aground, kill the crews and steal the cargo.

Producers: Hilary Heath/BBC Films

KARENFAN by Geoff Bussetil (ITG)
Producers: Peapie Films

MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH by Philip Gawthorne (Curtis Brown)
Developed from the short film about a couple splitting up their record collections after they separate.

ON CHESIL BEACH by Ian McEwan (The Agency)
Adapted by McEwan from his award-winning novel this follows the first night on a couple’s honeymoon.

Producers: Neal Street

PASSPORTS by Paloma Baeza (The Agency)
A mother and daughter must hole up in London as they wait for the passports necessary to flee the abusive husband.

Producers: Focus Films

SUITE FRANCAISE by Saul Dibb (Casarotto)
Adapted from the books by Irene Nemirovsky telling of her life in Nazi-occupied France.

Producers: Qwerty Films/TF1

THE LOVERS by Bridget O’Connor (Michelle Kass Associates)
O’Connor’s adaptation of her play, a dark comedy about a gigolo and a crook.

Producers: Thomas Thomas Films

THIS LITTLE PIGGY by Corinna Faith (Curtis Brown)
A twisted take on consumerism set on a psychotic farm.

Producers: Warp Films

WILLIAM AND HAROLD by John Hodge (United Agents)
A study of the relationship between the eponymous English and Norman kings during the invasion of Britain in 1066.

Producers: Cloud Eight Films/Pathé

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