H. W. Freedman

H. W. Freedman

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director and Author

London, England

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About H.

Harris holds both British and American passports.

Productions:

Film: Harris' feature-length Screenplays include Broken Thread, Produced by Deepak Nayar (At Eternity's Gate; Bend it Like Beckham; Buena Vista Social Club; Bride and Prejudice; Mistress of Spices) and Directed by Mahesh Mathai (Bhopal Express). Linus Roache and Saffron Burrows played the leading roles, and Andrea Corr played a feature role. The film was shot in India and the UK.

Theatre: Several of my full-length plays have been produced in the USA, UK, and Italy including:
Ella's Secret (in English): Baron’s Court Theatre, London, UK, July 2015 directed by Edward Davies, and Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA, Directed by Harris;
Tchaikovsky (in Italian): Teatro Dell'Orologio Sala Orfeo, Roma; Teatro Millelire, Roma; Teatro Cristallo, Bolzano, Italy, productions Directed by Harris;
Ella's Secret (In Italian): Teatro Millelire, Roma, Spoleto La Mama Fringe Festival, e Teatro Dell'Angelo, Rome Italy, directed by Harris
Selling Off: John Houseman Theatre, NYC, Directed by Gene Feist;
Moscow Shadows: The New End Theatre, Hampstead, London, Directed by Philip Grout;
A Minute of Silence: Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London, Directed by Harris;
Something in Common: Assembly Rooms Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Warehouse Theatre, Croydon, London, both productions Directed by Harris.
Lunch with Sandy: A 10-minute play, The Machine Room Theatre, London, Directed by Emma Benson;
Peanut Butter and Jelly: University of the Streets Theatre, NYC, Directed by Harris;
There Aren't Any: various venues in NYC, Directed by Harris;


Staged readings directed by Harris:
The Thieves Road (in Italian): Teatro Argot Studio, Roma in Italian under the title "L'Ultima Battaglia di Custer".
The Family Jewels: Main stage at Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus (West End);
Tchaikovsky: Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Gardens, London.

Awards:

2019: I am pleased to report that my Stage Play “Moscow Shadows” was selected by Nuovoimaie, Rome Italy for the Grant of “Bando Teatro 2018-2019” to receive funding of 42,900 euros ($50,000) for the 5 actors involved in our Italian language production that will be presented in Rome, Italy in 2021 under my direction. Moscow Shadows has already been produced in London to critical acclaim.

Name of Award: New Works of Merit Playwrighting Contest 2018, USA, Honorable Mention. Project Name:  The Thieves Road

Name of Award: Best Screenplay, 2012 European Spiritual Film Festival, Paris France
Project Name: The Post Office

Name of Award: Stageplay Winner, 2011 Moondance International Film Festival
Project Name: The Thieves Road
Awarded by: Moondance International Film Festival
Year of Award: 2011

Name of Award: 2011 Mexico International Film Festival
Official Selection
Project Name: The Post Office 
Awarded by: Mexico International Film Festival
Year of Award: 2011 

Name of Award: 2011 Honolulu Film Awards
Aloha Accolade Award Winner
Project Name: Southern Justice 
Awarded by: Honolulu Film Festival
Year of Award: 2011

Name of Award: 2010 Amsterdam Film Festival Screenplay Competition
Honourable Mention
Project Name: Selling Off 
Awarded by: Amsterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands
Year of Award: 2010

Name of Award: The Ace Fest 2010 Great American Screenplay Competition
Finalist
Project Name: Selling Off 
Awarded by: Acefest 2010, NYC
Year of Award: 2010 

Name of Award: 2010 Canadian International Film Festival - Special Selection
Fifth Place
Project Name: Southern Justice 
Awarded by: Canadian International Film Festival
Year of Award: 2010

Name of Award: 2010 Riff (Rhode Island Film Festival Screenplay Competition)
Semi-Finalist
Project Name: Southern Justice
Awarded by: Riff, USA
Year of Award: 2010

Name of Award: 2010 Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Semi-Finalist
Project Name: A Minute of Silence
Awarded by: Slamdance Screenplay Competition, USA
Year of Award: 2010

Name of Award: 2010 Writers Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition
Quarter-Finalist
Project Name: Something in Common
Awarded by: Writers Network, USA
Year of Award: 2010 

Name of Award: London Independent Film Festival Feature Screenplay Award 
Finalist
Project-name: The Post Office 
Year of Award: 2008 

Name of Award: Kaos Films British Feature Screenplay Competition 
Semi-Finalist
Project-name: The Post Office 
Awarded by: Kaos Films, UK
Year of Award: 2008 

Name of Award: International Writing Contest 
Semi-Finalist
Project-name: The Family Jewels
Awarded by:
Year of Award: 2008 

Name of Award: International Writing Contest-Feature Screenplay 
Honorable Mention (Fourth place) 
Project-name: Selling Off 
Awarded by:
Year of Award: 2007 

Name of Award: International Writing Contest Screenplay award 
Finalist 
Project-name: Southern Justice
Awarded by:
Year of Award: 2007 

Name of Award: International Writing Contest Screenplay award
Finalist 
Project-name: The Post Office
Awarded by:
Year of Award: 2007

Name of Award: International Writing Contest Screenplay award
Finalist 
Project-name: My Name Isn’t Judit 
Awarded by:
Year of Award: 2007

Name of Award: Writers' Network 15th Fiction Competition for Unpublished Novels
Quarter-finalist 
Project-name: Irina's Eye
Awarded by: Writers' Network, California
Year of Award: 2007

Name of Award: William Faulkner Writing Competition for Unpublished Novels
Semi-finalist 
Project-name: Irina's Eye
Awarded by: William Faulkner, Pirates Alley
Year of Award: 2006

Name of Award: Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Quarter Finalist 
Project-name: The Post Office 
Awarded by: Slamdance Film Festival, California
Year of Award: 2006

Name of Award: Sonoma County Repertory Play Competition
Finalist 
Project-name: The Family Jewels
Awarded by: Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, Sonoma, California
Year of Award: 2002

Name of Award: New Century Playwright Awards
Finalist 
Project-name: A Minute of Silence
Awarded by: New Century Writers, California
Year of Award: 2001

Name of Award: Julie Harris Playwright Award
Semi-Finalist 
Project-name: A Minute of Silence
Awarded by: Beverly Hills Theatre Guild, Beverly Hills, California
Year of Award: 1998

Unique traits: Patience

Loglines

  • A Death In Brooklyn

    A Death In Brooklyn Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama Family A 9 year-old boy is suddenly orphaned, and as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of his parents he is befriended by an old man who changes his life.

  • Broken Thread

    Broken Thread Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama A half-Indian, half-English businessman is haunted by a mysterious woman from his past who threatens to wreck his marriage and comfortable family situation. Produced by Deepak Nayar (At Eternity's Gate; Bend it Like Beckham; Buena Vista Social Club; Bride and Prejudice; Mistress of Spices) and Directed by Mahesh Mathai (Bhopal Express). Linus Roache and Saffron Burrows played the leading roles, and Andrea Corr played a feature role. The film was shot in India and the UK.

  • Selling Off

    Selling Off Budget: $1M - $5M | Biography Comedy A day in the life of a harried NY accountant, his last day. He's finally decided to sell his business and abandon the treadmill. But there's no mercy for him and, as this day goes on, he frantically juggles the demands of partner, girlfriend, lawyer, ex-wife, banker, mother, clients and employees, things escalate until he's stabbed, thrown out of a window, claws his way back in and dies unnoticed at his own desk as the chaos continues unabated.

  • Something In Common

    Something In Common Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance Drama An attractive 28 year-old woman uses her wit and sexual powers to obtain the justice she needs to put her terrifying past behind her.

  • The Family Jewels

    The Family Jewels Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy Sam’s behaviour has become more eccentric since his wife of 60 years died six months earlier. His son who lives a forty minutes away and his daughter who lives in London come together to help him move and a lifetime of bittersweet memories, festering resentment, and sibling rivalry erupt to the surface.

  • The Perfect Pizza

    The Perfect Pizza Budget: $100K - $1M | Romance Comedy Maria abruptly cancels her wedding in NYC and rushes off to Rome to work in the family pizzeria where she invents the perfect pizza and transforms the simple family restaurant into the trendiest spot in town.This screenplay was co-authored with Gail Roberts.

  • The Post Office

    The Post Office Budget: $100K - $1M | Independent Drama Amal is a terminally ill 8 year-old girl who has the gift of inspiring excitement and wonder in the mundane lives of those around her. The Post Office was chosen Best Screenplay at the 2012 European Spiritual Film Festival, Paris.(Based on the short poem/play of the same name written by Rabindranath Tagore, which is in the public domain.)

  • Ella's Secret

    Ella's Secret Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama On a quiet Sunday morning, Ella receives an unexpected visit from Helga, a woman she has never met before.   Both their lives have been affected by the same Nazi-SS officer.  Helga has a mission, and Ella has a secret.

  • Southern Justice

    Southern Justice Drama Thriller Alabama 1940. A young African American lawyer and the daughter of a prominent white family are having a clandestine love affair. When the reading of a will reveals their family histories, her family attempts to silence his with racial violence.  Southern Justice was chosen as a Aloha Accolade Award Winner at the 2011 Honolulu Film Festival Awards, achieved Special Selection at the 2010 Canada International Film Festival, and was Semi-Finalist in the 2008 Writemovies.com International Writing Contest.

  • A Minute of Silence

    A Minute of Silence Comedy Drama Fantasy Romance Mumbai, India. Dora, Anglo-Indian, a psychologist, returns to Mumbai to find her Indian father who abandoned her.  Dev, a deaf shoemaker in a traveling circus, unwittingly becomes her first patient.  With the help of his eccentric friend, Ashish, and the zany circus clowns, Dev reverses roles and cleverly guides Dora through a catharsis that reconciles her with the memory of her father.  The story challenges perceptions of deafness. A Minute of Silence was Semi-Finalist selection in the 2010 Slamdance Screenplay Competition.

  • My Name Isn't Judit

    My Name Isn't Judit Biography Drama Based on a true story. A successful single woman discovers she is pregnant and feels compelled to search for the identity of her father, and to confront the mother who abandoned her. My Name Isn't Judit was Finalist in the Writemovies.com International Writing Contest.

Credits

  • L'Ultima Battaglia di Custer

    L'Ultima Battaglia di Custer (2017)
    Theater by Teatro Foresnnata Writer/Director Staged Readings of my latest play "L'Ultima Battaglia di Custer" will be presented in Italian at Teatro Argot Studio, (Trastevere) Rome, Italy May 30 & 31 at 20:30. Spero che potresti assistere alla Lettura Mess-in-Scena di "L'Ultima Battaglia di Custer" : Synopsis in English: Denver, Colorado, 1891: Armstrong, a rancher, has hired Sarah to be the teacher of his young children. Through the conflict that developes between them about the genocide of native americans and Sarah's personal story, we are reminded of the recent events in the USA at Standing Rock, North Dakota.

  • Ella's Secret

    Ella's Secret (2015)
    Theater by Boothman Productions (Drama) playwright London Production See 2012 for details

  • Tchaikovsky

    Tchaikovsky (2013 - 2014)
    Theater by Nera Onda (Biography) Writer/Director Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Did Tchaikovsky die at that age of 53 from asiatic cholera or did he commit suicide to avoid being prosecuted for sodomy, stripped of his civil rights and assets and sentenced to hard labor in a Siberian prison? The controversy over his death remains unresolved. The critics wrote: “Freedman's pen has met Tchaikovsky and has drawn a sketch of his soul. Not a small undertaking to distill the life of the Russian composer in a 90 minute play, from age 24 training at the conservatory until his death at only 53 years of age, in circumstances still debated.” teatro.persinsala.it “Tchaikovsky turns to the past...to his homosexuality, an offense at that time, to his marriage of convenience, his friendships, his pain.” Alessandra Greco, teatritaliano.it “...an effort, masterfully done, to examine his essence. Profound and delicate.” Alessandra Greco, teatritaliano.it

  • Ella's Secret (In Italian)

    Ella's Secret (In Italian) (2012 - 2013)
    Theater by MTM (Drama) Writer/Director Synopsis: On a quiet Sunday morning, Ella receives an unexpected visit from Helga, a woman she has never met before. Both their lives have been affected by the same Nazi-SS officer. Helga has a mission, and Ella has a secret. What the Critics wrote: The critics wrote: "A warning against indifference." Andrea Pocosgnick, Teatrocritica "Freedman's production does not seek answers, in fact it cultivates doubts...it is able to penetrate the viewers intimate conscience, that is if the viewer does not wish to be deaf and indiferent." Andrea Pocosgnick, Teatrocritica “...'Ella's Secret' has a profound emotional component...a rivalry that is part of the female universe...intense and satisfying, with the finale of a thriller...” Mauro Corso “...the encounter/clash of two strong women...Their parallel lives, families, children and a man who...keeps them apart and also close together, ...” Elisa Suplina, Lungatevere.it

  • The Thieves Road

    The Thieves Road (2011)
    (Drama) playwright The Thieves Road was chosen Stageplay Winner by the 2011 Moondance International Film Festival.

  • Broken Thread

    Broken Thread (2007)
    Film by Produced by Deepak Nayar / Directed by Mahesh Mathai Screenwriter

  • Something in Common

    Something in Common (1999)
    Theater by Mettle Productions, London / HW Freedman (Drama) Playwright, Director Charlie is a mysterious and attractive woman who has a secret plan to ensure the justice she needs to put a terrifying past behind her. What the critics said: “. . . what starts out as a quirky highly charged sexual drama evolved into a disturbing and urgent thriller.” “Charlie uses sexual charms as an angler uses bait to attract the men she needs for her mission and she skilfully teases and plays them in until they are hooked and landed.” Charlie’s “…seduction techniques are reminiscent of Sharon Stone’s famous leg crossing and uncrossing in the film Basic Instinct.” Something in Common “. . . will keep you guessing . . . the final moments of truth in which Charlie pours out her harrowing story are enough to make your blood run cold.”

  • A Minute of Silence

    A Minute of Silence (1998)
    Theater by Mettle Productions, London / HW Freedman (Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Playwright, Director Synopsis Dora is a psychologist. Barry is a university graduate who has chosen to spend his life in the circus making and repairing the performers' shoes. Barry's parents cannot accept his choice and employ Dora to rescue him. They do not tell her that Barry is deaf. The love story between Barry and Dora, a hearing woman, unfolds through dialogue, physical theatre and sign language. Dora struggles to come to terms with her own problems whilst under the illusion that it is Barry who needs help. An ensemble of eight actors act out the story, have fun and mock the seriousness of the scenes. A Minute of Silence offers the audience a rare glimpse of the world through the eyes of Barry, a deaf man. Barry's witty and playful approach to life challenges many of the hearing world's misconceptions about deafness. What the Critics said about the London Premier: "…enchanting A Minute of Silence…" The Stage "..a play that challenges perceptions of deafness." Hampstead & Highgate "…a surrealist drama which can be enjoyed on several levels. It is a touching love story, a piece of physical theatre, and a play that re-evaluates deafness and proclaims the right to choose one's way of life, however unconventional." Jewish Chronicle "…remarkably eloquent.." Time Out "…a magical, multi-layered piece…" The Stage "…spectacular visual impact…" Camden New Journal "With this funny and challenging piece, Freedman certainly achieves his prime intention – to turn the common perception of disability upon its head." Disability Times "…a night that was not only entertaining but also saw theatrical technique pushed several notches on." The Stage "The current rage over genetic engineering and the probable impact on both the deaf and disability communities made the play even more topical." Disability Arts in London – DAIL "Writer/director Harris Freedman's imaginative production sews speaking and signing players into the same costume by linking everything with a gleefully manic comedia dell'arte touch. . ." Hampstead & Highgate "At each twist and turn we are presented with yet another issue – mercilessly the writer ensures that none of us escapes his questioning." Disability Times "…a poignant comedy…"Jewish Chronicle

  • Lunch with Sandy

    Lunch with Sandy (1997)
    Theater by Machine Room Theater, London / Emma Benson Playwright

  • Ella's Secret

    Ella's Secret (1997)
    Theater by Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Seattle / HW Freedman Playwright, Director

  • Selling Off

    Selling Off (1991)
    Theater by TAKA Productions, NYC / Gene Feist (Comedy) Playwright SYNOPSIS Alan, an intensely busy New York accountant, realizes that his success is hollow and pointless. He decides to sell his business and get out of the 'rat-race'. When he breaks his 'good news' to the people around him his life goes out of control. His ex-wife claims the sales proceeds; his mother accuses him of ruining his life; his girlfriend refuses to go out with him; his lawyer refuses to talk to him except through his own lawyer; his clients threaten; his banker rebels; his business partner goes berserk. The pressure builds into a frenzy of misunderstandings and confrontations with disastrous results.

  • Moscow Shadows

    Moscow Shadows (1990)
    Theater by Equinox Productions, NYC / Philip Grout Playwright

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly

    Peanut Butter & Jelly
    Theater by Peanut Productions / HW Freedman Playwright, Director

  • There Aren't Any

    There Aren't Any
    Theater by There Aren't Any Productions / HW Freedman Playwright, Director

Awards

  • The Thieves Road, Stage Play Award Moondance International Film Festival
    (2011)

  • The Post Office, Feature Screenplay, Official Selection Mexico International Film Festival
    (2011)

  • Southern Justice, Feature Screenplay, Aloha Accolade Award Winner Honolulu Film Festival
    (2011)

  • Southern Justice, Feature Screenplay, Canadian International Film Festival Winner
    (2010)

  • Southern Justice, Feature Screenplay, Semi-Finalist, RIFF Rhode Island Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
    (2010)

  • Selling Off, Feature Screenplay, achieved Finalist selection in The Ace Fest Great American Screenplay Competition, and Honourable Mention, Amsterdam Film Festival.
    (2010)

  • A Minute of Silence, Feature Screenplay, Semi-Finalist, Slamdance Screenplay Competition.
    (2010)

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