I was born in Cardiff, Wales. I am an emeritus professor of English. I am also an award winning playwright and screenplay writer. For further information:
I am a member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America, and the New Play Exchange.
I am a member of Film Freeway, International Screenplay Association, Coverrfly, and IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
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I am an immigrant (born and raised in Wales) with a name (common for males in my home country of Wales) that confuses me as female. That might explain why I love to explore and write, in serious and comic dramatic forms, stories of those who, through choice or happenstance, find themselves strangers in a strange land (or even in their own land). In addition, I share the immigrants’ attempts to “navigate as safely as possible through an ever-shifting landscape of independent and unpredictable powers” (Alan Jacabs), and the difficulty of coalescing given and adopted values and ways of seeing.
Favorite quotation: “The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness.” Andre Malraux
Unique traits: Love writing, teaching. Working in food project. Married to Dani Elliott. Black Belt in Sinmoo Hapkido.
Alta California Budget: $10M - $30M | Historical ⋄ Drama During the turbulent and violent California mission era, an Indigenous young man is forced into Christianity and service as a mission guard. He must now choose between allegiance to his tribe or to Spain and the Christian Church. His decision will cost either his identity or his life. Multiple national and international award winner.
Uncle Franco's Birthday Suit Comedy An ambitious brother and sister block two former teenage lover from meeting. It needs the zany resourcefulness of an aunt and two uncles to overcome these obstacles. Multiple finalist.
Borderline Justice Action Two widowed fathers, two daughters, and two sons-in-law. One family north of the Mexican border, one south. Both confront temptation in this tale of borderline justice. Award winner.
The Quisling Drama ⋄ Action When a suspected terrorist is arrested at San Francisco Airport, his deportation defense is led by an inexperienced attorney. As the twists and turns unravel, the attorney’s own family become central to the betrayal. Award winner.
Rodeo Budget: $5M - $10M | Comedy A wealthy, widowed New York socialite enters the unfamiliar world of rodeo, determined to “rescue” her wayward daughter who has fallen for a young bull rider. But plans go comically awry. Eventually rodeo and unlikely romance win the day.
Once There Were Stories Family In this family drama, a Christmas of long ago, one of togetherness, family entertainment, and memorable stories, is told through the eyes of a grandfather, relegated to his spare room. His memories compare with today’s Christmas with its packaged stories, distancing and electronic distractions.
The Boy From the Mountains Beyond Mystery ⋄ Family A Christmas fable. A mysterious boy enters the impoverished world of a toymaker and his daughter. He changes their lives forever.
And We Were Left Darkling Budget: $1M - $5M | Historical The struggle between man’s essential goodness and evil plays out in World War Two Budapest.
THE SCRIPT Budget: $0 - $100K | Mystery ⋄ Horror An obnoxious literary agent finds himself the unwilling central character in a horror script written by a mysterious young Irish woman who, for reasons as yet unknown, refuses to name herself. Award winner.
Award Winner, Depth of Field International
Award Winner, Toronto International Film Festival
Award Winner, Prix Royale, Paris
Semi-finalist, Filmmatic Drama Screenplays
Award Winner of 1st Edition, Global Monthly Competition
Finalist, Austin Comedy Festival.
Burning Love, Comedy. Semi-finalist
Beyond the Curve, Finalist.
Fimmmatic Drama Screenplay Award. Semi-finalist
Utah Comedy, Finalist
Wales International Festival, Official Selection.
Lonely Wolf International Festival (London), Award Winner
Global Film Award (LA), Award Winner. Best Feature.
Point of View Indie Festival, Award Winner.
Award Winner, Oaxaca
Semi-finalist, Toronto Comedy Film Festival