A Brief Update on JamesWorld

Hello everyone!

I realise it’s been a while so a quick update on where things are in JamesWorld:

About a month ago I finished work on a short film called A Medium Chance, which I’ve also directed. This is going to be screened at the Caroline of Brunswick on August 26th, and again at a date to be decided.

Looking further ahead, stay tuned for The Other 1%, a podcast of audio dramas from the Tablet Book Company coming to iTunes, Spotify or Sticher. These audio dramas tell stories of paranormal incidences that just might be true. And I just might have written one of them to be recorded in September. The episode in question is called A Night in Balcombe Tunnel, and should be available for you to hear, and quake in terror, around new year.

Finally, I have just recently started work on a sequel to Alexander Lines’s 2016 short film The Private Investigator, which recently screened at Luna Beach Cinema on Brighton beach. The first draft (tentatively titled Edge of Insanity) has gone down very well, and I’m just in the rewriting process at the moment. I can’t give you much on the timescale of this one, as we kind of want to take our time to make it the best it can be, but again it’s safe to say stay tuned for the end of the year.

I imagine I shall be back in September to recap on the London Screenwriter’s Festival, which I shall be going to once again. Until next time, everyone!

Reviews for ‘The Engagement’ 27th-28th March 2018, Rialto Theatre

Hello all!

It’s a little late coming, but I would like to thank everyone who took part in the production of ‘The Engagement’, my debut stage play. Faith, Owen and Eden absolutely knocked it out of the park, Thomas, the director, made brilliant use of the venue and our producers gave it a truly professional edge which really shone through. Sales were double my expectations and both nights our cast got the audience they deserved.

We’ve had a couple of reviews, one from Simon Jenner (Fringe Review), who also reviewed our first reading, and Roz Scott (Fringe Guru). Respectively they gave the show ‘Must See’ status and a four star rating. These are some highlights I wanted to share with people:

The Engagement is a love story with a difference. It’s a new play written by James Alexander Allen, inspired by a true story from Wayne Liversidge. Allen, an emerging screen writer and playwright, collaborated with Liversidge to tell his story as part of the Hove Grown Festival. (….) 

I recommend The Engagement as a debut play which has great potential, and was very popular with the audience. As Allen’s first play for theatre, it certainly provides food for thought, and could be developed into a longer piece allowing for more character development at the start. I’ll look out for his future work.

Allen should be applauded for tackling issues often taboo in polite society, and Wayne Liversidge also deserves respect for his courage in telling his story. True stories are often the most compelling.”

 -Roz Scott- Fringe Guru

“It’s back. James Alexander Allen whose experience lies in screenwriting, has turned a true story by actor Wayne Liversidge into a haunting three-hander of delirious love turned dipsy nightmare and plunging somewhere darker than drink could imagine. (….)

This is a true story, and heart-breaking enough. There’s a gritty cautionary note sounded too, but most of all this is about love against unimaginable odds.

 

Allen’s new version presented for Hove Grown is a fine script: idiomatic, even swifter, keenly observant in its naturalism. Which makes it all the more shocking. It proves one of the absolute highlights of 2018’s Hove Grown Play Festival.”-

Simon Jenner- Fringe Review

Many thanks to both for their kind words. The full reviews can be found below, albeit with spoilers. I feel it is safe to say that ‘The Engagement’ will return at some stage.

I have cautious hope to be back with more news soon.

http://fringereview.co.uk/review/hovegrown/2018/the-engagement/

http://brighton.fringeguru.com/reviews/2016/the-engagement

 

TICKETS ON SALE: The Engagement- Rialto Theatre March 27th-28th, 8:30 pm

Hello everyone!

So I’m just checking in to bring you quite a big update: My first ever stage play is coming to the Rialto Theatre in Brighton on March 27th and 28th!

Directed by Thomas Everchild as part of the Hove Grown festival, this play is based on a true story from Wayne Liversidge, who plays himself as a narrator.

Eden Avital Alexander plays Gerri, a love child caught between the dream of a bright future and the nightmare of a dark present.

Owen Bleach portrays John, a young man blinded by unquestioning love for Gerri and desperate to solve her mystery.

Faith Elizabeth also stars as Luanne, a professional dedicated to help others but unable to reach her own stepsister.

Featuring musical tracks from Christina Thom‘s EP ‘Trade’.

This production contains strong language and adult themes.

Tickets are on sale NOW, at £12 standard admission and £9 concession.

 

When the play received a performance reading by Sussex Playwrights in January this year reviewer Dr Simon Jenner said…

‘ … breathtakingly vivid and compellingly believable …. a staged version of this play … will prove one of the absolute highlights of 2018’s Hove Grown … ‘28424382_167536774051913_9221605933146058009_o

Star Wars: Ranking the Lightsaber duels 1-11

Just in time for The Last Jedi, here are each of the sword fights from each of the films, ranked in my personal order of preference. SPOILERS and mildly controversial opinions incoming. (Apologies for the sound discrepancies near the end, this is due to a corrupted audio file I found out about literally right at the end of editing)

 

Thoughts from the London Screenwriters’ Festival 2017

First of all, apologies for the horrendous lack of content over the last year. Life has rather got away from me but I am back on track at long last!

So yesterday I got back from the London Screenwriters’ Festival. They hold this each year at Regent’s University in London and this was my third time going. I cannot recommend it enough if you’re looking to get into the screenwriting business like me. It’s a bit expensive but if you book soonish for next year it really is worth it, I find.

This is different from other festivals in that there’s not really competitions or anything like that. Just a load of panels and events on. You can really group the panels they show into ‘fun’ ‘career’ or ‘both’. They frequently bring in geniuses like Pilar Alessandra and Lucy V. Hay who can give you so much advice on the craft, but they’ll also get in the writers of big movies and TV shows to just talk about their careers and share anecdotes. This year they had Jeb Stuart (Die Hard), Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I),  Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty) and many more. Just imagine going to university with a few childhood heroes- that’s what this is like.

Aside from the panels, you can also sign up for the Pitchfest and the Actor’s Table Read. The Pitchfest is kind of built up as the cherry on top of the festival. Basically there’s a load of directors, producers, execs, even agents in this room and you’ve got five minutes with each one to sell your script, but more importantly to sell yourself (not that way you dirty sods!) If you play your cards right, you could get a few very interesting contacts by the time the last bell goes. I know it can be scary to sit in front of these big powerful people and expose your ideas to them, but you’ve got the wonderful Bob Schultz to prep you for it beforehand.

Honestly the Actor’s Table Read is one of my favourite activities; to my regret I didn’t go for it this year but I’ve found the last two brilliant. Basically you take a small scene from your script and give it to a director and a couple of actors and they perform it in front of you in this little room. You can take so much away from these sessions as you can see what actors take from your script at face value, and what they add to it when they hear more about it from you. If they give the performance you want before talking to you, you could be onto a winner! Also, you never know what actors you might get; a few of them have been in some quite major stuff….

The event is run by Chris Jones, who I’m pretty sure is a walking fusion reactor; he just projects energy. Every year he does this big rallying opening event that makes you all feel a bit mad (don’t worry; you are but that’s OK!) There is a real charm to this festival and everyone is super-friendly. There’s a load more stuff going on, but even after three years I haven’t got round to all of it yet!

But the most important thing of all is at the end of each day when everyone goes for drinks. Because it really is everyone- a first time writer looking for advice on their first project or the brains behind one of your favourite movies. Bring business cards to this because just meeting people, making friends who’ll read your work will do more for your career than any big pitch to a Hollywood exec. Just walking around this weekend I spoke to Scott Myers from GoIntoTheStory; you could not meet a more a pleasant or insightful guy. I also chatted with Linda Aronson, who gave me some brilliant advice for a certain project I’m working on at the moment.

Because the London Screenwriters’ Festival is really a metaphor for the industry. It’s not a big scary corridor leading to increasingly important rooms; it’s one giant room, and everybody’s in there somewhere. You just have to always be on form and talk to everyone you can, and you never know what might happen. If you’re a writer with some free time next September, I cannot recommend the LSF enough.