Wednesday, 13 July 2016

DOCTOR WHO stage play

Some time ago, I wrote a pure passion project, a full-length West End stage play based upon DOCTOR WHO.  This play is fan fiction only sadly, but is available to any Whovians who wish to read it.  Contact me via Twitter on @WriterLad with an email, and I will forward.

This play stands completely independently of any current episodes of the TV series.  Outline below;


DOCTOR WHO: A Light In The Dark

A stage play
 (Fan Fiction Only)
Story and script by Andrew Hawcroft
Based on characters created by Terry Nation


SYNOPSIS


Earth:  Present Day -  Eastern Europe:

At the end of the Carpathian mountain range, in the Romanian district of Orsova,
there stands a poorly-maintained, near-derelict orphanage amongst the jagged
rocks and frozen, unforgiving woodlands.   Inside, six children, led by the remarkable
14 year-old Romanian girl. Florina Pellea, attempt to survive the brutish reign of
orphanage director Gregor, and onsite ‘health care provider’ Nurse Vilani.

When things are at their ugliest, like an answer to their prayers, there arrives a strange
 man who travels in a large blue box.  He claims he is chasing a villain from another
world, but makes time to finally bring some hope and happiness into the lives of the
 children he finds in that ghastly place.

Unfortunately, that villain will turn the tables, and force The Doctor and Florina to
 travel to an ice-bound world to retrieve The Orborium, the most dangerous object in
existence, from the most dangerous location in existence.

And in the end, The Doctor, having travelled alone for too long, will learn from a
fourteen  year-old girl the importance of friendship in the least friendly place one  
could imagine...


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

GLADLY screenplay complete.

I'm happy to say that I have completed the feature-length screenplay of GLADLY,  I originally wrote a pilot episode for what was to be a 6-part TV series, but the nagging feeling that it should be a feature film wouldn't leave me.

Now it is done.  Outline below.

Regards. Andrew.

   GLADLY

    A screenplay by Andrew Hawcroft

                         OUTLINE


Cameron Callendar has just reached forty, and it’s all gone wrong.  At this point in his life, he was supposed to be a successful writer of fiction, a happily married family man, fulfilled and secure, and he certainly came close to these things in the past, but somehow it never came together. 

He barely makes a living with sales of his early novels (back when he had an agent, publisher, optimism, ambition, confidence and a future) as e-books, but it’s not enough.  His days are spent still trying to get the career that never came, and hopefully the richer, fuller life that was supposed to come with it.

And then one day, at 3.17pm in the afternoon, everything changes when his doorbell rings.

Standing there is a bizarre-looking young woman. Thin as a nail, bright blue hair that might not be hair at all, dressed in the most garish and odd mish-mash of clothes.

She seems barely to have the energy to stand upright, but seeing him seems to make whatever trials she has clearly gone through to get here, worth it.  She regards him as a door-stepping Jehovah’s Witness would upon finding Jesus in jeans and a Blue Harbour jumper.

Whatever she is, (and Cameron quickly suspects she might be mentally troubled) she is clearly on the limits of her physical strength.  A large glass of milk in his kitchen later, she seems restored enough to start talking.

She says she is from the year 2372. That she has come on a one-way journey to find the man whose books she discovered on an electronic book-reader lying in junkyard.  He is apparently her idol, her hero...her very reason to keep living.

Because 2372 sounds like hell.  A world ruined by the Corporation Wars, she, and the other 19, 000 humans left on the Earth live dire, purposeless lives.

The only reason Cameron doesn’t call the police, is when he casually asks her what her name is.
Gladly Higgins, she says.

The thing is, Gladly Higgins is the name Cameron has recently come up with for a string of trashy, quick-sell novels he reluctantly plans to write to make some money.

Only he hasn’t told anyone that name.

As the day passes, Gladly will tell him more and more of her story, and these conversations will begin to convince a lonely and jaded man that perhaps....just perhaps...something incredible has come into his life.

And not a moment too soon....


Sunday, 12 June 2016

The book trailer for my fantasy YA e-novel; "I FLY"

The Youtube link for the book trailer for my fantasy YA e-novel; "I FLY" is below.   Reviews in the reviews section.  Regards.  Andrew.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nGfxAAb27U

GLADLY now a feature-length screenplay

I am, if nothing else, a follower of my instincts.  Time has taught me THAT at least.    My time in Ireland is winding down, and soon (August) I will be moving to Madrid, Spain, to start work as a teacher.   In the meantime, I am following my heart and am currently re-writing the pilot episode of GLADLY, my 6-part TV drama series, as a feature-length screenplay.   This idea has been in me for a long time, and the first draft has just been completed, although it now needs editing.

I am so glad I have done this!  It has come out more satisfying than I could have imagined, and therefore I will not be promoting the TV pilot anymore.

From now on, GLADLY is a feature film screenplay.  Outline below.


GLADLY

     A screenplay by Andrew Hawcroft

                         OUTLINE


Cameron Callendar has just reached forty, and it’s all gone wrong.  At this point in his life, he was supposed to be a successful writer of fiction, a happily married family man, fulfilled and secure, and he certainly came close to these things in the past, but somehow it never came together. 

He barely makes a living with sales of his early novels (back when he had an agent, publisher, optimism, ambition, confidence and a future) as e-books, but it’s not enough.  His days are spent still trying to get the career that never came, and hopefully the richer, fuller life that was supposed to come with it.

And then one day, at 3.17pm in the afternoon, everything changes when his doorbell rings.

Standing there is a bizarre-looking young woman. Thin as a nail, bright blue hair that might not be hair at all, dressed in the most garish and odd mish-mash of clothes.

She seems barely to have the energy to stand upright, but seeing him seems to make whatever trials she has clearly gone through to get here, worth it.  She regards him as a door-stepping Jehovah’s Witness would upon finding Jesus in jeans and a Blue Harbour jumper.

Whatever she is, (and Cameron quickly suspects she might be mentally troubled) she is clearly on the limits of her physical strength.  A large glass of milk in his kitchen later, she seems restored enough to start talking.

She says she is from the year 2372. That she has come on a one-way journey to find the man whose books she discovered on an electronic book-reader lying in junkyard.  He is apparently her idol, her hero...her very reason to keep living.

Because 2372 sounds like hell.  A world ruined by the Corporation Wars, she, and the other 19, 000 humans left on the Earth live dire, purposeless lives.

The only reason Cameron doesn’t call the police, is when he casually asks her what her name is.
Gladly Higgins, she says.

The thing is, Gladly Higgins is the name Cameron has recently come up with for a string of trashy, quick-sell novels he reluctantly plans to write to make some money.

Only he hasn’t told anyone that name.

As the day passes, Gladly will tell him more and more of her story, and these conversations will begin to convince a lonely and jaded man that perhaps....just perhaps...something incredible has come into his life.

And not a moment too soon....

Thursday, 12 November 2015

TV sci-fi pilot GLADLY complete

I have completed the pilot script for GLADLY, a half hour sci-fi drama.  Outline below.




GLADLY

Written and created by Andrew Hawcroft

                                                          Episode One

   “A Day In The Life...”


Cameron Callendar has just reached forty, and it’s all gone wrong.  At this point in his life, he was supposed to be a successful writer of fiction, a happily married family man, fulfilled and secure, and he certainly came close to these things in the past, but somehow it never came together. 

He barely makes a living with sales of his early novels (back when he had an agent, publisher, optimism, ambition, confidence and a future) as e-books, but it’s not enough.  His days are spent trying to get the career that never came, and hopefully the richer, fuller life that was supposed to come with it.

And then one day, at 3.17pm at June 7th, everything changes.  It changes when his doorbell rings and, like a good chap, he answers it.

Standing there is a bizarre-looking girl. Thin as a nail, bright blue hair that might not be hair at all, dressed in the most garish and odd mish-mash of clothes.
She seems barely to have the energy to stand upright, but seeing him seems to make whatever trials she has clearly gone through to get here, worth it.  She regards him as a door-stepping Jehovah’s Witness would finding Jesus in jeans and a Blue Harbour jumper.

Whatever she is, (and Cameron quickly suspects she might be mentally troubled) she is clearly on the limits of her physical strength.  A large glass of milk in his kitchen later, she seems restored enough to start talking.

She says she is from the year 2372. That she has come on a one-way journey to find the man whose books she discovered on an electronic book-reader lying in junkyard.  He is apparently her idol, her hero...her reason to keep living.

Because 2372 sounds like hell.  A world ruined by the Corporation Wars, she, and the other 33, 000 humans left on the Earth (colonising other planets never worked out) live dire, purposeless lives.

The only reason Cameron doesn’t call the police, is when he casually asks her what her name is.
Gladly Higgins, she says.

The thing is, Gladly Higgins is the name Cameron has recently come up with for a string of trashy, quick-sell novels he reluctantly plans to write to make some money.

Only he hasn’t told anyone that name.

As the day passes, Gladly will tell him more and more of her story, and these conversations will begin to convince a lonely and jaded man that perhaps....just perhaps...something incredible has come into his life.


And not a moment too soon....

Thursday, 6 August 2015

TERRITORIALITY novella

TERRITORIALITY is my teen fiction-themed tribute to every blessed B-movie creature feature I subjected my impressionable mind to as a kid. Not that I still watch them today.  Of course not.  Naturally it's all DOWNTON ABBEY and REMAINS OF THE DAY...being a grown-up. (Ahem.)

RUFUS short story

Being a dog lover, I have a soft spot for RUFUS, hence the stand-alone publishing of a short story. Dogs change...and save peoples lives on a daily basis, and by no means just physically.