RICHARD PAUL SKINNER
22 Great Stanhope Street Bath BA1 2BQ UK
Tel: 01225 335894
1 The Cloud. Dramatization of the John Fowles short story.
2 Wrecked in Key West: Biopic of Hemingway’s life in Florida in the 1930s, and his battle with his wives and addiction. Also a 3x1 hr TV series.
3 Lady Lazarus: Biopic of Dorothy Parker's chaotic adult life and deadly frustrations with her writing and husbands. Also a TV 2 parter.
4 The Last Generation: A contemporary family drama set in Bath. A girl turns amateur detective to discover her secret origin and uncovers the malpractices of an IVF doctor.
5 Fake: A caper movie also set in contemporary Bath. Poppy is a talented landscape painter. Nick, a conman, falls for her and helps her escape an unscrupulous patron. Also a TV 2 parter.
6 Lovesick: A TV journalist goes to Greece to uncover the secrets of a famous writer's life and becomes victim to the sexual manipulations of a mother and daughter. Short film on www.youtube.com richardskinner309.
7 The Gigolo: Thriller. A commission in development.
SHORT FILM SCRIPTS
1 The Glasshouse: Adam agrees to live in a house made of glass. The spectators think they see everything, but inside this goldfish bowl he is not swimming but drowning. 11 min. This won me a script writing course at HTV. It was American Zoetrope’s ‘Top-Rated Short Script’ in Jan 09.
2 The Joker: When a famous comedian commits suicide, his PR man uses this to his own advantage while pretending to help the comedian’s lover. 15 min.
3 The Arrangement: A psychotherapist is played with, by a predatory female shape-shifter. 14 min.
4 Glorious Day: An army officer leaves the battlefield and returns to his family and normality but they find him transformed. Dramatization of a Stephen Crane American Civil War story.
5 Too Close to Call: A shy young man subtly romances the woman of his dreams. His dream comes true then the illusion is shattered. 12 min.
6 A Matter of Taste: A woman who claims to have total recall finds that a taste of her meal brings to life a suppressed trauma which she uses to control a new lover. 7 min. http://vimeo.com/61994769
7 Take Two: A film editor slowly pieces together her relationship with the producer at the same time as editing his film. 14 min. In development.
8 Grammar: Dramatization of part of the novel My Life at First Try by Mark Budman. 4 min.
1 The Old Man and the Prize: Hemingway in 1950s Cuba and another disastrous marriage, cons the Swedes into giving him the Nobel Prize for Literature.
2 Lovesick: A TV journalist goes to Greece to uncover the secrets of a famous writer's life and is subject to the sexual manipulations of a mother and daughter.
3 The Magus: Currently I am writing a 3x1 hr dramatization of this novel by John Fowles and have a well-known indie producer on board.
1 The Old Man and the Prize: as above.
SITCOM I am co-writer of a sitcom pilot for TV and radio.
26 of my short stories have been published in literary and poetry print magazines and several have won prizes. I was commissioned to write a series of articles on writing advice for a poetry magazine.
I have published my experimental, literary novel, The Bathonians. www.lulu.com and Kindle. Am writing novels of Lovesick and Fake.
VIDEOS Richard Paul Skinner on YouTube and Vimeo. @richardskinner3 on Twitter
PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE
Before becoming a writer I was a research scientist and have a BSc, MSc and PhD.
I accept commissions to write original films, film and radio dramatizations, and edit and doctor scripts.
Currently I have two feature films in development.
FAKE Drama ⋄ Romance When an charismatic conman becomes infatuated with a brilliant young painter, he sets out to bankrupt the sinister dealer who is exploiting her talents.
LOVESICK Drama A TV journalist goes to Greece to uncover the secrets of a famous writer's life and becomes victim to the sexual manipulations of a mother and daughter.
LADY LAZARUS Drama Witty Dorothy Parker succeeds in the male-dominated literary world but then battles to survive the excesses of men and booze. Comedy drama biopic.