Script File

A PEARL BEFORE SWINE - Cannes Submission

3rd Place Winner! CANNES Screenplay contest!
Treatment/Concept
1918 London England historical drama
Based on the G.B. Shaw story of Pygmalion and the legend of Anastasia of Russia
Public domain in U.S.A. since Shaw's death in 1956 and published before 1923
Teen audience appeal from young leads and tie-in to High School lessons
All audience appeal from previous success and curiosity of story evolution

Having famously transformed Eliza Doolittle from a lowly street-girl into a “consort for a king”,
in 1918 Professor Henry Higgins must now hide the Imperial Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia
as a lowly household scrub-girl from the Bolshevik Secret Police who search for her after she survived her family’s execution.
She seeks a dignified working class life but as the last pure blood of the Czar, Anastasia could reclaim rule and political power away from the Bolsheviks.
Only her death guarantees their total control of Russia.

  • Project Type:
    Treatment
  • Number of Pages:
    6
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Writer Biography

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada
Studied
Fashion and Business at Seneca and
Film Arts at Ryerson
Screenwriting with Larry Kasdan
2 yrs Royal Conservatory of Music

I am a happily divorced single Mom of twin boys.

Worked:
12 years York Region District School Board, Educational Assistant
5 yrs Volunteer - Art Gallery Ontario(AGO), TIFF, ReThink Cancer Breast Fest Film Fest (and others)
2 years TV Producer - Rogers Cable TV
Published Author 2006
Written:
12 Children’s Books
7 TV Pilots
4 Feature Films
5 Poetry Books

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Writer Statement

My literary hero is G.B Shaw.
At age 15 in High School English class, I was greatly influenced by his play
MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION, not so much for the salacious subject matter he made sociable to discuss, but because he taught me to understand the other side of judicious morality.

With A PEARL BEFORE SWINE, Shaw’s work becomes relevant to a new generation engaging elements of history and literature they can relate to.
I am mindful to do justice to Shaw's elevated views of morality and the depiction of common decency in those we see as below us and the defects of those we see as above us.

I offer a unique talent for compelling visuals and controversial dialogue driven in the context of mainstream projects featuring light comedy and music in TV and Film.

I've worked in TV production
My poetry has been published in the USA and I'm the invited headliner at readings.

I pride myself on successful collaborations to established franchises as well as
writing to targeted audiences, casting and production budgets
I'm a very centered, well adjusted earthy person
-no drugs no drama no demons
but driven!
with an insanely wild imagination, solid work ethic and smart business sense