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 contributed several articles to various publications and in 2018 established the horror press DEMAIN PUBLISHING (over 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 (ran early 2021) and an advanced TV writing lab in July- Sept 2021.
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 a Scottish based TV & Film production company as well as becoming an active member of both the WGGB’s Film & TV committees. In February 2021 BBC Radio Kent broadcasted his short story “The Tale Eaters” (with Michael Chance, Keith Drinkel and Carolyn Seymour) and his story “Weird” was broadcast as a Cyro Pod Tape (Episode 5) in May. In August 2021 Dean helped to produce (and was 1st AD) the short film “Musketeer” (written/directed by Philip Shaw, starring Kevin McNally).
Dean has over fifty 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 active development with producers from Austria and France. 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. In 2019 Dean was 1st AD on the horror / comedy “Dracula On Holiday”. In 2021 he directed the feature film “The Good Wife” for Fourstreete Productions (currently in post). He is currently line producer on the upcoming feature film “The Island Of Wonder And Despair” (2022 - HOTS Productions).
Dean is slated to direct several feature films including “Werewolf On A Plane” (also writer) for Pink Flamingo Films. Dean also has a number of 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 for his script-writing, one for directing and was runner-up for the 2001 Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Award (International Emmys) with his teleplay “Ghosts”.
Island Of Wonder & Despair
Film by HOTS/Sharon Axcell Line Producer
Film (short) by Toy Soldiers/Phil Shaw 1st AD
The Good Wife
Film by FourStreete/Dean M. Drinkel Director