Elan Durham @europabridge1

Writer, Editor, and Traveler in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hello . . . I am a screenwriter, former actor, editor, traveller, and ex-university professor with some mixed genre screenplays as well as a novel that needs representation by an agent keen on women's voices ... My pitch here is for a feature film loosely based on London's #Hackgate scandal that offers half its roles to women of all ages.

'Adventures in Paradise' updates the male and female dynamic of Kate Hepburn and Cary Grant with a dash of film noir, bags of smart dialogue from the screwball comedy tradition, and even a dash of Jane Austen to deliver a romantic comedy-revenge caper loaded with serious ideas, but not always presented with a straight face.

I've written more than 40 roles for women and men across seven generations and several continents, and I'm particularly proud of the hilarious and intelligent roles I've written for British talent. This is a film to be made in England connecting with the global community by advocating women’s rights, media responsibility, and privacy protection in a hilarious, witty, and forward-thinking entertainment.

'Adventures in Paradise' presents Clive Reade as a wealthy gentleman who becomes the target of a vicious tabloid scandal due to a family vendetta involving poker and a large valuable wine cellar. Aurora Blunton is an undercover reporter with her own #metoo story who enters Clive's life to research the tabloid's machinations and learn their techniques. Together, she and Clive form an unbeatable team to follow the stench of a criminal tabloid empire to its core. The ethical, romantic, and comic rewards are great for Clive and Aurora. This is a big film with big ideas in the tradition of Network and His Girl Friday that creates an irresistible aura and allure.

'Adventures in Paradise' is unabashedly glamorous, a high paced entertainment with a generous cast of eccentric and brilliant British characters who intrigue, confound, and delight. It charmingly explores ideas to change us all for the better; in particular, the way women are treated professionally and personally by men in power, and the power of the media.

Progressive people in the film industry who enjoy bold, complicated, and literate plots will love my vision.

Check out my video casting pitch for the first original #Hackgate screenplay 'Adventures in Paradise' (below), and be in touch if you're interested. Thanks.

'Adventures in Paradise' is Library of Congress copyrighted and registered with Writer's Guild of America East, 2018.

  • Work
    • Freelance Writer-Editor
  • Education
    • MFA
    • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    • University of Alabama
Testimonial
Borrowed Light' concerns the life of Elan Durham's smart, fierce, and witty heroine Jean Turner, and it is a full blown, wonderful ... sometimes hilarious, sometimes scathing and gorgeous sail through a life, which includes a childhood in South, lives in Los Angeles and New York, and then a luminous if ambivalent and hard earned redemption back in the South Carolina. Elan Durham writes a fiction of surprising beauty and humour."
Rebecca Lee, author Bobcat and Other Stories and The City is a Rising Tide