Jackie Bateman is an author, screenwriter, and commercial copywriter. British born, she grew up in Kenya, worked and lived in London and Edinburgh, before moving to Vancouver in 2003. Her first novel 'Nondescript Rambunctious' won a national first book competition in Canada. It grew into a trilogy of psychological thrillers to include 'Savour' and 'Straight Circles'. The trilogy is currently in development for a limited TV series called 'Thirst'. Jackie has a number of projects in development, including the gritty young adult series 'Beauty and the Freak' and a feature film set in 1970s Kenya, 'Salome Magic'.
Thirst Thriller In a dysfunctional small town, an obsessive serial killer takes a local woman as his next sinister internet-ring victim, then turns his attention to her abandoned and vulnerable teenage daughter, battling between a desire to protect her and yearning for another murder, this chilling paradox haunting him until he can settle his inner demons.
Beauty and the Freak Drama In a gritty town, a feisty teenager longs to find her mother to fix her broken family, while a musclebound boy hidden away in the shadows with a rare genetic condition wants to be part of her world; they discover in each other a glimmer of light in a dark existence of abandonment and relentless cruelty of teenage struggle, and must rise out of the quagmire to a place they can survive.
Salome Magic Drama Kenya, 1978. Two strong women travel across the country on journeys of deliverance and redemption; one a loyal housemaid who braves her harrowing, abusive past to visit her terminally ill mother, the other her employer, who misses her like family when she doesn’t return from the trip, and embarks on a treacherous journey to find her.
Luna Budget: $0 - $100K | Comedy ⋄ Drama A quirky, imaginative little girl with the world on her shoulders won’t speak, but she does have a plan, and in the course of a day shows her exhausted mum and wine-soaked friend exactly what’s important in the world: simple living, being themselves, and chocolate, because in her view they’re bothering with all the wrong things.
Blistered Budget: $0 - $100K | Horror A young woman lives in isolation on a desolate farm, consumed with remorse from a long-ago fire she sparked that killed her sister, battling with her state of mind and in perpetual torment as the phantoms of her past burn brightly.