Callum McKay

Callum McKay

Researcher, Screenwriter and Playwright

Iver, United Kingdom

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About Callum

Hi, I'm Callum. I'm an award winning screenwriter based in the UK specialising in historical drama. If it's happened I can get a story out of it.

My screenplay, 'Dark Forces' was the Gold Prize Winner in the historical category of the 2018 Hollywood Screenplay Contest, with 'Miss Verity' being listed as an Official Finalist. I'm working to follow this up by focusing on two new projects, 'The Doghouse Club', and 'The Honourable Gentleman', among other works. All of which I'm writing in my efforts to attract agents and producers.

I studied history at the University of Exeter, and while trawling through the archives I realised how I could couple my passion for writing with my inquisitive mind and flair for finding a good story within the pages of a forgotten time. To elevate these stories, and my own abilities, I undertook a six month screenwriter coaching programme with screenplay consultants Script Angel.

Since 2014 I have worked as a researcher and writer with the likes of The Times and the Emmy award winning Clover Films. I have also worked as a writer, director, producer and stage manager on shows at the Edinburgh Festival.

I am eager to build a successful career as a writer, and relish the challenge of making it happen.

Unique traits: I bungy jumped off a bridge in New Zealand, so very familiar with the idea of 100% commitment to a leap of faith.

Loglines

  • Dark Forces

    Dark Forces Historical Drama Petrograd, 1916: Three British intelligence officers are tasked with proving notorious monk Grigori Rasputin is a German spy. Their investigations embroil them in one of the most infamous assassinations of the 20th Century.

  • Miss Verity

    Miss Verity Biography Drama The Crimea, 1854: The British Army is dying from its own mismanagement and incompetence. William Russell, the first war correspondent, defies his government to make sure the world knows their story.

  • The Doghouse Club, Pilot

    The Doghouse Club, Pilot Drama In the 1960s, women find themselves on the periphery of the Formula One circus. In a bid for solace and support, Bette Hill, wife of racing star Graham, decides to form a unique club for women to bear the intensity of this high-risk, high-octane chase for championship glory.

  • The Honourable Gentleman

    The Honourable Gentleman Historical Drama Honour transcends everything, even enemies. Captain Robert Campbell, a POW deep in wartime Germany, strikes a deal with Kaiser Wilhelm to return to visit his dying mother, on his word of honour that he return. 

Credits

  • The Trench

    The Trench (2015 - 2016)
    Theater by Collective Arts Ltd. Researcher Immersive theatre experience commemorating the Battle of the Somme. Participants adopted the identity of men of Levant Mine who served in the war. At the end of the experience they learned the fate of their man and the life they'd led. As researcher I was responsible for finding the men's stories.

  • Iridium

    Iridium (2016)
    Theater by FECCLES Script Editor/Producer A spaghetti western set in the Bone Wars of 19th Century America. Performed during the 2016 Edinburgh Festival. For this production I worked as Script Editor, Producer and Stage Manager.

  • Flat Out

    Flat Out (2015 - 2016)
    Radio by FECCLES Head Writer/Editor A podcast series about six freshers living together at the University of Exeter.

  • Decaying With Grace

    Decaying With Grace (2015)
    Theater by FECCLES Writer/Director My directorial debut, Decaying with Grace was a comedy sketch show about the end of the world which I co-wrote for the 2015 Edinburgh Festival

Awards

  • Gold Prize Winner - Hollywood Screenplay Contest - Dark Forces
    (2018)

  • Official Finalist - Hollywood Screenplay Contest - Miss Verity
    (2018)

Education

  • Script Angel Screenwriter Coaching
    (2017-2018)

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