Elan Durham @europabridge1

Writer, Editor, and Traveler in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Hello ... I'm a screenwriter, editor, traveler, former university professor, and ex-New York City luxury realtor who has written a number of mixed genre screenplays (and a book) that need representation by someone keen on good writing. My pitch below is for a two hour theatrical blockbuster based on the Hackgate scandal in London.

'Adventures in Paradise' draws on the male and female dynamic of Kate Hepburn and Cary Grant, a dash of film noir, and bags of smart dialogue from the screwball comedy tradition of Howard Hawks ... So one way to look at it is a romantic comedy in collision with a revenge caper loaded with serious ideas, but not always presented with a straight face - unless they're crying, proposing marriage, in a fist fight, or knocking people out with scoops so huge they break BREAKING.

I try not to be too literal with Hackgate, and while still protecting people's identities capture the essence of NOTW's tabloid conspiracies bought to life with more than 20 major roles for women and men across generations to make these epic events jump off the screen. And I am especially proud of the funny, intelligent, and essential roles for women 30-80 that cannot be cut or relegated to the minor duty of breath mints!

#AIP places Great Britain in an international, controversial, and wildly successful context referencing the Downton Abbey-like world of London's Mayfair with Clive Reade, the third richest man in the world as its protagonist, and other scenes venture into the thuggish company of Liverpudlian crooks, bent coppers, Fleet Street media thugs, jet setters, Hollywood divas, and an appealing but very treacherous California playboy.

A mixed genre film with no Zombies, Cannibals or Aliens (unless you count the paps, stalkers, and PI's), I also raise questions about being related in an age when we are connected through social media but in more invasive and dubious ways. Like hacking, blagging, stalking, and spying to create tabloid fodder for a public grown lazy on half-truths, fat bums, and lies ...

Oof!

Copyrighted and registered with the WGA, 'Adventures in Paradise' has become my pet project, because I believe it has long legs, and I hope it will eventually have an enlightening effect on the way people see privacy, press responsibility, and truth in reportage, while giving everyone an unforgettable time in the theatre.

Contact me at europabridge1@gmail.com or 617-583-3950. Available for blogs and editing.<

  • Work
    • #AdventuresinParadise
  • Education
    • MFA
    • University of North Carolina at Wilmington