The 2009 Brit List, a list of the most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays in the UK and Irish film communities, has started circulating in London with Ruby Films’ Good Luck Anthony Belcher written by George Kay coming out on top.
Over 40 industry players across all levels of seniority and sectors took part in the voting which is conducted confidentially and over 150 unproduced screenplays were nominated. To qualify, a screenplay had to be unproduced at time of the list’s circulation, be written by a writer who is non-US by birth, have at least two votes and have not featured on previous Brit Lists.
The list was created in 2007 to mirror the influential US Black List which had drawn attention to subsequently produced projects like Juno and Lars And The Real Girl. Last year’s Brit List was topped by Matt Greenhalgh’s Nowhere Boy script, which of course was produced this year with Sam Taylor-Wood directing and is closing night of this year’s London Film Festival.
As usual, the Brit List includes some big names like Neil Purvis and Rob Wade, whose Corsica 72 (also Ruby Films) tied for second place with Ol Parker’s Now Is Good (Blueprint Pictures) and Simon Beaufoy’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (Kudos Pictures).
Other high profile projects on the list included Terry Gilliam and Tony Grisoni’s long-gestating The Man Who Killed Don Quixote which is at Recorded Picture Company, Dan Mazer’s Eurovision at Working Title and Hamish McColl and Paul King’s A Bear Called Paddington at Heyday and Warner Bros.
Daniel Hardy and Rupert Wyatt’s The Rapture also at Warner Bros was also on the list, as was Steve Knight’s Red Circle, a reworking of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge for StudioCanal, and Francesca Brill and Luke Watson’s Cuckoo at up and coming production outfit CMP Ltd.
Good Luck Anthony Belcher by George Kay (Ruby Films)
Corsica 72 by Neil Purvis & Rob Wade (Ruby Films)
Now Is Good by Ol Parker (Blueprint Pictures)
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen by Simon Beaufoy (Kudos Pictures)
Balance Of Power by Deborah Davis (Element Pictures/Scarlet Pictures)
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach & Ol Parker (Blueprint Pictures)
The Rapture by Daniel Hardy & Rupert Wyatt (Warner Bros)
Conviction by Bill Gallagher (Neal Street/Red Productions)
Frank Sidebottom Jon Ronson & Peter Straughan (Producers: David Barron & Stevie Lee)
I Wish I Wish by Peter Souter (Hartswood Films)
Love Minus Zero by Emma Forrest (Origin Pictures)
A Million Miles An Hour by Brendan Grant (Big Talk)
The Shimmering Essence Is Approaching Its Target aka Ponte’s Tower by Michael Thomas (Sprout Pictures)
A Bear Called Paddington by Hamish McColl & Paul King (Heyday Films/Warner Bros)
The Beautiful Fantastic by Simon Aboud (Producer: Kami Naghdi)
Cuckoo by Francesca Brill & Luke Watson (CMP Film)
Embassy by Jon Baird (Producer: Stefan Haller)
Eurovision by Dan Mazer (Working Title)
Flawless Skin Of Ugly People by Jack Thorne (Big Talk)
Grabbers by Kevin Lehane (Forward Films)
Great Expectations by David Nicholls (Number Nine Films)
The Haven by Mike Lesslie (Element Pictures)
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote by Terry Gilliam & Tony Grisoni (Recorded Picture Company)
Now, Love by Virginia Gilbert (Element Pictures)
Rafta Rafta by Ayub Khan Din (Left Bank)
Red Circle by Steve Knight (StudioCanal)
Rookwood by Steve Sarossy
Snatched by Lee Patterson
Trap For Cinderella by Iain Softley (Forthcoming Productions)
Treasure Island by Nail Johnson Under
The Skin by Jonathan Glazer (Producers: James Wilson & Nick Wechsler)
The Wettest County by Nick Cave (Red Wagon/SPE)
What Was Lost by Jeremy Brock (Heyday Films)
Wingman by Mat Kirkby (Peapie Films)