Tianna Johnson’s ‘Obeah’ Tops the Brit List Showcase of Unproduced Screenplays


    Tianna Johnson’s ‘Obeah’ Tops the Brit List Showcase of Unproduced Screenplays

    Tianna Johnson’s “Obeah” has topped The Brit List, an annual league table of top unproduced screenplays from the U.K.

    Established in 2007 and similar to The Black List in the U.S., The Brit List is compiled from recommendations by British production companies, talent agencies, sales companies, financiers, distributors and broadcasters.

    The list includes both feature and television screenplays.

    Johnson’s urban fantasy drama, which scored fifteen recommendations, tells the story of a woman on the hunt for a serial killer. The teleplay, set in North West London, incorporates indigenous spiritual practices from the Caribbean.

    In second place with thirteen recommendations was “Maps” by Jessica Drewett, a sci-fi drama set in an installer mine.

    To be included on the list scripts need at least 7 recommendations.

    In 2021, 300 scripts were submitted of which 18 received the requisite number of recommendations. Nearly a third were feature scripts. 65% of the list is made up of female writers.

    The Brit List is sponsored by Kinetic Content as well as Final Draft, the Film Distributors’ Association and ScreenSkills, as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery.

    The list is compiled by producer Alexandra Arlango.

    2021 BRIT LIST

    “Obeah” by Tianna Johnson (Curtis Brown)
    Producers: Available
    Form: TV Genre: Urban Fantasy Drama
    Summary: When the bodies of young people start showing up across the country, an angsty woman finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer acting out a very ancient revenge. Set in present-day North-West London, Obeah is inspired by the indigenous spiritual practices from the Caribbean and its clash with the descendants of practitioners.

    “Maps” by Jessi Drewett (Unrepresented)
    Producers: Available
    Form: TV Genre: Sci-fi
    Summary: A portrait of love, loneliness and loss, “Maps” is a soulful sci-fi about a woman who secretly assumes a false identity working in the interstellar mines of the Kuiper Belt to save her family from ruinous debt.

    “Animals” by Laurence Coriat (Independent Talent Group)
    Producers: Warp Films & Haut et Court
    Form: TV Genre: Comedy Drama
    Summary: How far will Liv – wife, mother, daughter and overlooked scientist – be willing to go in order for her ground-breaking research into chimpanzees behaviour to be heard? Seeking her independence she challenges the status quo of 1970’s British, male-dominated academia, stealing her (Alpha-male-of-primate-research) husband’s spotlight, and throwing her family, reputation and self into an upheaval that quickly spirals out of her control.

    “The Last Man in Europe” by James Roblin (Unrepresented)
    Producers: The Lighthouse Film and TV
    Form: Feature Genre: Drama
    Summary: On the isle of Jura, George Orwell fights a losing battle with time & tuberculosis as he wrestles with the dark dystopian visions of “Nineteen Eighty-Four.”

    “Aphra” by Jessica Lambert (Independent Talent Group)
    Producers: Available
    Form: TV Genre: Drama
    Summary: The outrageous true story of Britain’s first female playwright – a bisexual libertine who lived an incredible double life as a 17th century spy. A Restoration thriller told with the same iconoclastic mischief with which Aphra Behn lived her life.

    “Fool’s Gold” by Ryden & Rowe (Curtis Brown & Independent Talent Group)
    Producers: Company Pictures
    Form: TV Genre: Darkly Comic Crime Drama
    Summary: Manchester Firearms Officer Sonny Gilbride trades the hazardous life of counter-terrorism for the rural tranquillity of the West Country, only to find himself embroiled in a personal odyssey of love, murder and international crime in the illegal eel trade.

    “Malfeasance”by Jon Baker (The Agency)
    Producers: Artis Pictures, in development with the BBC
    Form: TV Genre: Thriller
    Summary: A dark, funny, completely untrue, Northern Irish, crime story…

    “Let’s Go Get Your F***ing Dog Back” by Poppy Damon (Independent Talent Group)
    Producers: Joi Productions
    Form: Feature Genre: Gangster Thriller
    Summary: A mobster’s daughter is trying to arrange a secret abortion, a pair of women hide a stolen dog, and a grandmother sells ketamine for her granddaughter’s college fund. All these stories connect in a tale of theft, murder and betrayal in New York City.

    “White Stork”by Chris Dunlop (Independent Talent Group)
    Producers: Eleven Film
    Form: TV Genre: Thriller
    Summary: “White Stork” is a tightly choreographed political thriller about finding and burying truth in this post-truth world.

    “Misguided” by Charlotte Alexander (Unrepresented)
    Producers: Available
    Form: TV Genre: Drama Comedy
    Summary: A darkly comic, high-stakes, domestic family drama. When a young and out of work actress is forced to join her parent’s Robin Hood-esque, white-collar crime consultancy business, the last thing she expects is for it to be the key to her wildest dreams, as well as liberation from toxic co-dependency with her mother. But at what cost does freedom and success come?

    “Misadventure” by Leanne Davis (The Haworth Agency)
    Producers: Heyday TV
    Form: TV Genre: Drama with Comedy
    Summary: Jess has always been a ‘good’ girl. But when she discovers a secret – that her 55-year-old mother has early onset Alzheimer’s – it suddenly dawns on her that if ‘being good’ doesn’t stop the bad things happening in life, then ‘being good’ can fuck right off.

    “A True Crime Story” by Joseph Baker & Lydia Rynne (Independent Talent & Curtis Brown)
    Producers: Various Artists Ltd
    Form: TV Genre: Comedy Drama
    Summary: A lonely true crime junkie teams up with her former high school bully to fake a disappearance that will catapult them both to stardom. But their audacious plan is thrown into chaos by a much grislier real-life crime.

    “Learning to Breathe Under Water” by Richard Brabin (Unrepresented)
    Producers: Shudder Films
    Form: Feature Genre: Family Drama
    Summary: Leo, 8, lives alone with his grieving father, Peter, and his only friend is a thirty-foot metal shark. Anya, a Polish au pair, enters this broken family unit and breathes new life and new hope into both Peter and Leo.

    “Write Offs” by Lela London (Casarotto)
    Producers: Bad Wolf
    Form: TV Genre: Drama Comedy
    Summary: A young American journalist is thrust into personal and professional chaos after arriving in London to start her dream job at the country’s most successful newspaper.

    “Birdsong” by Sheila Nortley (Knight Hall)
    Producers: BBC Film and Parkville Pictures
    Form: Feature Genre: Drama
    Summary: When British-born Danielle returns to Ghana to visit her dying grandfather, she unearths a past love and the tumultuous family secret that alienated her from her ancestral home, embarking on a journey coloured by memory and magic on Africa’s west coast. Based on a True Story.

    “Easy Out” by Melissa Osborne (Casarotto)
    Producers: Available
    Form: Feature Genre: Coming of age, comedy drama
    Summary: Benny, a terminally ill teen, asks his life-long friend Clover to help him die, but as Clover wrestles with the heart-breaking decision, life throws her a curveball that sets her previously ordered world spiralling out of control.

    “Ursula” by Kat Rose-Martin (United Agents)
    Producers: BBC Studios in Association with Lighthouse
    Form: TV Genre: Grounded fantasy comedy-drama
    Summary: Humorous grounded genre. A Yorkshire country bumpkin falls pregnant and, by the power of Oestrogen, is able to predict the future. Her skint sister shoves her into the spotlight to cash in.

    “Confinement” by Lydia Yeoman (Casarotto)
    Producers: Available
    Form: TV Genre: Psychological Thriller
    Summary: After a strange encounter with a patient goes horribly wrong, an arrogant Doctor is imprisoned for manslaughter. There she discovers she is pregnant and must experience pregnancy and childbirth in an environment in which she has no privacy or control.

    Published at Mon, 22 Nov 2021 16:15:02 +0000


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