Pete Simpson body of work

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5 years ago I switched to writing screenplays & plays; from novels & non-fiction.

4 of the 10 advanced-level scripts have achieved production or endorsement:

Utter Madness     Brexit Lab Wars     The Wedding Diary    Dancing in Santa Fé.
Thriller novel Girls Without Parachutes  also published in 2016

road thriller feature film

UTTER MADNESS
 (2016) Action-adventure international road thriller.

Maverick Tucson teacher summons all the guts and kick-ass piloting ingenuity she can muster to
rescue a feisty terrorized overseas student in a mad cross-border chase - or die in the trying.

 
      Semifinalist Filmmakers Int. Hollywood comp (Lioness). Judge # 9106 comments: "Wonderful premise...
       strong characters... dialogue is
another strong aspect of the script. The way Tucson’s journey mirrors her
       father’s plight connects the actions of the plot to a strong emotional arc for the protagonist to uncover."
dark comedy - theatre

  stuffy meets wag


BREXIT LAB WARS
(2017) Clash of worlds comedy.

A wild night; hilarious lab; Cambridge nerds in pain - under the gun from US bosses & Brexit doom. A witty lab cleaner & sex-bomb lab administrator adding fuel to the fire of badly behaved scientists.
 
As lovable Lennie presses issues of real vs unreal worlds; lost out vs intelligentsia; skint north vs southern comfort, how will it end? Could he be their saviour? 
 Produced at Actors & Writers Studio London.

2017 Production - "fresh, rowdy, timely"

adaptation to screenplay

THE WEDDING DIARY (2014)   Publisher-commissioned rom-com adaptation.

Adaptation of Margaret James's best selling 17th novel.  Where's a fairy godmother when you need one?
Can a jilted bride keep her fairytale wedding alive by searching for replacement groom.

        Adaptation of Margaret James’s best-selling 17th novel
.
drama – theatre

DANCING IN SANTA FÉ  (2013) Drama set in a residential care home.

Mum’s dementia opens up horrifying skeletons of warring daughter’s parentage. Will it end in
irreparable harm or something profound?
        Rehearsed reading production at The Cygnet Theatre, Exeter.
crime/mystery – TV series

CLASS & SASS
Golden Arrow (2017)  Retro police procedural TV series. Crime/mystery - dash of humour.

Rebel aristocrat breaks into detection with her hilarious sidekick. Plus 6 follow-on episode storylines.
        BlueCat Hollywood competition judge #8107 comments: "Anything but cookie-cutter. A fun, vivid story...
        high degree of intrigue, adventure... compelling... The fast pace of reading the scenes makes utterly
        clear
 the clipping pace.... Characters are distinct with a high degree of intrigue & adventure. You set up
       Tara’s role as an iconoclast early, making this a compelling and fun story."
 
coming of age - theatre
MORNING AMTRAK
 (2015)  Coming of age drama set on a bleak Arizona station & Navajo Hogan.

A woman in crisis storms off an Amtrak
seeking refuge on a lonely Arizona station - only to encounter an
ensemble of life's cast offs & former lover. In the sizzling night, painful secrets explode. With approach of the
morning Amtrak will they continue defenses & coping mechanisms - or reach for painful expiation?
thriller novel
Amazon 4.7


GIRLS WITHOUT PARACHUTES
 (2016) Thriller set in Laguna Beach.

When their doting father's murdered, his lazy daughters fall into a deadly world of lies, murder,
terrorism, bankruptcy & software secrets. Are they doomed or made of sterner stuff?

        Published 2016
Amazon paperback & kindle.    sample the first three chapters
other dramas/comedies

MAGIC BOY  (2015) Feature.  Heart-warming reverse mentor-drama set in London.

PARADISE JUNCTION  (2015) Theatre (short). Forbidden love ghost story set on Dartmoor.

WE ALL GOT DINGS  (2014) TV Pilot.  Offbeat family Sitcom set in Laguna Beach, CA.

THE COALMINER (2013) Feature.  Time-slip forbidden love redemption, set in Yorkshire.
  New feature thriller... chilling - plausible.
STRIKE FEAR
 (2017) Hits all the buttons. A high-concept suspense thriller in development... Paranoia,
CIA ineptitude, covert Russian vengeance, love interest, US government corruption, business sleaze
plus a
bold outsider connecting the dots, putting their life on the line against powerful enemies with a lot to lose.