Elan Durham @europabridge1
Writer, Editor, and Photographer in Cambridge, Massachusetts
"Writer, world traveler, former university lecturer in Literature and Writing seeks literary agent" could read the title of my latest book ... Except that it's not a book.
'Adventures in Paradise' takes the News of The World hacking scandal in London, and from that serious material creates a romantic comedy with enough drama, suspense, and criminal intrigue to just barely escape being called Hitchcockian. 'AIP' addresses privacy, the people's so-called right to know, obstacles professional women face, privilege, access to power, and love as a real possibility between people who learn to trust. It's a mixed genre screenplay that's romantic, funny, dramatic, and at times savage, with a plot bump about every five minutes.
Think romantic comedy with serious ideas set in the poshest locations in London, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Geneva, Marbella, and St. John. And my most recent trip to London included a visit to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, two other locations for screenplay research.
Clive Reade is the third richest man in the world with a fortune in luxury resorts who faces a major tabloid crisis. Aurora Blunton, a journalist, goes head-to-head with Clive but eventually becomes his ally - bringing the spirit of both Hepburns (Audrey and Kate) to the fray. Together they investigate a string of hackings that stretch across London society revealing corruption at its highest levels.
There is a Downton Abbey quality to parts of the film, while other scenes take the reader into the company of Liverpudlian thugs, as well as the world of spoiled Hollywood brats. Worlds are traveled and explored across classes, the gender divide, and between nations and cultures.
Written for a mostly British cast, there are many fabulous roles for women, ages 30 to 80, and just as many roles for men ... Packed with fascinating characters that drive the plot, 'Adventures in Paradise' is registered with the WGA. It has become my favorite pet project, mostly because I believe it has long legs, meaning once it is produced it will continue to make lots of money for years to come ...
Other projects include Return to Paradise, a sequel, and Pride and Prejudice and Teddy Bears in 3-D.
Contact me on my cell at 1-617-583-3950 ... Or follow @europabridge1 on Twitter or Instagram for more info.