The Brit List 2013

Hi Film Folk!

The time has come, once again, to hover our spoons over the so-called ‘cream of the crop’ in screenwriting and scoop it up for a closer look.

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That’s right this year’s Brit List (the UK version of Franklin Leonard‘s The Black List) has been announced. The list is an industry-voted compilation of the best unproduced screenplays read in the last year.

Previous appearances on the list include ‘Nowhere Boy’, ‘Lawless’ and  ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’.


Here is this year’s list:

Seven Votes

The Survivalist by Stephen Fingleton

This year’s winner is written by shorts veteran Fingleton and is a post-apocalyptic story about three survivors looking for shelter. The Fizz Facility are attached to produce with Robert Jones and Wayne Godfrey.

Six Votes

A Tale of Two Cities by David Farr

An adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic penned by the scribe best known for Hanna. It’s in development with BBC Films and Origin Pictures.

Five Votes

Invasion by Joe Barton

A US-set psychological sci-fi in development with Raw and Film4.


Trigger by Lindsay Shapero

An adaptation of Susan Vaught’s YA novel about a young man who tries to commit suicide but can’t remember why. Development with Met Film and BFI money.


What We Did On Our Holiday by Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton

A semi-spin-off of Outnumbered from its writers. A comedy about a couple with 3 kids going on a road trip to see their Granddad in Scotland.

Project supported by BBC Films and Origin.


Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest

Self-adapted for the screen by novelist Forrest, this story focuses a woman’s relationship with her psychiatrist.

In development with Ruby Films and Warner Bros.

Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt attached to star.

Four Votes

Son of Man by Hania Elkington

A rights-of-passage dramedy about an overweight boy who attends antenatal classes for pregnant teen girls.

Three Votes

Bummer by Andrew Yerlett

Teen comedy about a young couple’s attempts to stop their parents getting married to one another. Escape Films develop with BFI money.


Competition by Sean Buckley and Martina Amati

A gymnastics rights-of-passage story. Cowboy films and Film4 attached.

Driven by David Leon and Rashid Razaq

Drama based on real events in Newcastle in late 80s/early 90s.


Futures by Rob Green

Sci-fi time-traveller set in London’s financial district. Starchild Pictures backed.


Harry’s Blonde by Caradog James

A teenage boy is helped by two serial killers. Dan Films to produce.


Posh by Laura Wade

Self-adaptation of the hit stage play, about a top secret University organisation (based on the Bullingdon Club). Blueprint Pictures to produce.


Second Coming by Debbie Tucker Green

A woman gets pregnant without having had sex. Film4, Hillbilly Films and Sundance Institute developed.


Trivial Pursuits by Tom Nash

A hitman befriends the children of his victims. Backed by the BFI.



So, quick round up. Of the 15 screenplays selected:

We have 6 adaptations (if we include Outnumbered and Chalk as spring-boards for the spin-off feature projects), proving that pre-existing material is always a bonus.

We have 4 dark/thrillery stories (2 of which are sci-fi)

Comedy is either the least served, or least wanted, genre with only 3 on the list and only 2 of those being listed as out-and-out comedies.

None are Animation.

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