“Dark, tortured, sinuous…the tales that Dean M. Drinkel has to tell you will freeze your soul!” – Barbie Wilde, horror author and actress.
Ambitious, Dean M Drinkel is a published author, editor, award winning script-writer and film director and was Associate Editor of FEAR Magazine. He has also contributed several film articles to various publications and in 2018 established the horror press DEMAIN PUBLISHING (almost 100 books published to date!).
He has been invited / selected to attend The Script Factory’s SCENE INSIDERS programme (2005), two BFI project labs (2019 – writing & producing), two Storyfutures (immersive technology) labs as well as in December 2020, a Sundance Institute programme in TV writing (running early 2021).
Also in 2020, one of Dean’s spec TV scripts reached the top 4% of submissions for the BBC Writer’s Academy and he joined the board of the Scottish based TV & Film production company Mystic & Mainstream as well as becoming an active member of both the WGGB’s Film & TV committees.
Dean has over forty credits to his name in the field of genre writing (including short stories, collections, novellas, anthologies); has written and directed fifteen theatrical plays in London and the South East of England and during the years 2002 – 2008, he wrote and directed several short experimental films.
Dean moved to Cannes, France in 2016 to write a feature film script with Romain Collier - “The Tragedy Of The Duke of Reichstadt” about the son of Napoleon. This subsequently won two screenplay awards (Best Historical Drama / Best Independent Spirit) at the Monaco International Film Festival and is now in development with producers from France and Austria.
In 2017 Dean returned to directing with the short film “15” for Midas Light Films (screened at the Solaris Festival in Nice, the Med. Film Festival and the Malta International Film Festival amongst others) which in November 2018 was awarded Best European Film at Malta and in 2019 was 1st AD on the horror / comedy “Dracula On Holiday”.
Dean is currently slated to direct a number of feature films including: “Chocolate Potato” (Midas Light), “Werewolf On A Plane” (as writer / director) for Pink Flamingo Films and “The Good Wife” for Fourstreete Productions.
Currently Dean also has a number of feature film (“Hamilton” for Lionstar as an example) and TV projects (“Season In Hell” with the Rimbaud / Verlaine Foundation) in development.
Dean has won five awards (thus far) for his script-writing, one for his directing and was runner-up for the 2001 Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Award (International Emmys) with his teleplay “Ghosts”.