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The Convert

Pearson is a man in pain. His life is spiralling out of control with his marriage falling apart, his church family turning their back on him, and his son accused of participating in a gang sexual assault. Not the most ideal environment for a third generation Clergyman, with his heart set on becoming a Bishop.

While concealing his true identity, Pearson pays a visit to the victim under the cover of darkness. He will convince her to say Alec was not involved, was not there. The Clergyman will show her that forgiveness is more powerful than justice, that sometimes a lie is of more value than the truth. And before the sun rises Pearson will have his most treasured convert...

  • Mark Grey
  • Molly Cooke
    Key Cast
  • Richard Muhammad
  • Laja Pelumi
    Camera Operator
  • June Smith
    Production Assistant
  • Elleni Anderson-Grey
    Costume and Props
  • Civan Rennock
    Location Manager
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  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 33 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Mark Grey

In 2000 Mark produced the short film 30 pieces of Glass starring Sarah-Jayne Steed. In 2004 he produced the one hour pilot for a drama series One Hope Street for which he won Best International Film at the Sonscreen Film Festival in Los Angeles. (Trailer)

He went on to write Attitude a short drama looking at the struggles of a gay man trying to come to faith but being ostracised by the church community; and returned to Los Angeles where he won Best Film for The Holy Hush again at Sonscreen Film Festival. (Trailer)

In 2009 he wrote Choose Life, a youth project warning young people of the dangers of the gang mentality. Then followed it up with a firm for the Virgin Media short film project Take Me Home.

In 2013 Mark Completed his first feature film RESPECT; a powerful yet touching Character driven drama examining the lives of three disparate women who battle domestic violence, the glass ceiling, and street gang culture as they strive to gain respect from their peers, family and employers in urban London. Respect was based on his stage play of the same name and is currently seeking distribution.

RESPECT - The Movie

In 2016 Mark wrote and directed The Convert, a short film looking at the values truth, purity, forgiveness and faith when a Clergyman tries to convince a prostitute to drop charges against his son accused of sexual assault.

Mark studied writing for stage & screen with Screenwise International, and total filmmaking workshops with the LA Film School. He has also written two drama series for radio.

*Best International Entry SONscreen Film Festival Los Angeles 2006
**Best Drama SONscreen Film Festival Los Angeles 2009

Mark has been writing for the stage for over 25 years with his first play The Loser staged at Brixton Village and being declared “A Winner” by The Voice Newspaper and led to a sellout performance at the Greenbelt Festival in 1990. His follow up play The First Stone was performed as part of the First Floor Theatre Festival at the Palace Theatre Westminster in 1990 and was the second most successful play ever at The First Floor. Mark went on to write Don’t Cry Little Tree, Downward Spiral & Behind The Mask which were performed on the London Fringe and also at the Base Theatre in Birmingham.

In 1996 Mark produced and directed his first musical Redemption Song. He also wrote the book for the musical and executive produced the cast CD. Redemption Song sold out on the London Fringe before touring the Edinburgh Festival in 1997 and an eight city tour of England in 1998. This was followed by two performances in The Netherlands in 1999. Redemption Song was well received prompting the press to write;

“Unparalleled Voices… Unparalleled Songs”
“Beautifully sung, highly infectious, truly joyous and uplifting”

After a spell working on film Mark returned to the stage with Thou Shalt Not at The Greenwich Playhouse, Oxford House, Pumphouse Theatre, Tobacco Factory, and Fairfield Halls. The Kentish Times wrote:

"Intense. An engaging piece. A well-written, well -acted drama."
"Theatre's great secret is out. (Mark Grey) is one of London's best kept secrets."
"A strong cast & a well written script. An intensity brought about by the quality of the acting. You are actually in the room with them gaining an insight into their minds"
“A sparky performance from Ellen-Gayle Harewood that appealingly draws out the contradictions of the character." (Thou Shall Not selected scene)

When No One is Watching took a hard look at faith and hypocrisy and was performed at Watford Palace Theatre and The Greenwich Playhouse in 2010 (Trailer)

In 2015 Mark assembled an exciting cast to perform ASYLUM, a piece documenting the story of three women who believe they are in prison, but as the story unfolds we realise they are only imprisoned in their minds. Asylum was performed in a short run at the Waterloo East Theatre for a series of four sell out performances.

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Director Statement

Carmel Greystone is a U.K. based Production Company with a 25 year track record in production. The Company’s film division was set up in 1999.

Aware of the enormous wealth of untold dramatic stories that feature strong, challenging roles for women and men, the Directors became convinced that working within the parameters of the independent film industry, based on international co-production and aimed at a universal “crossover” market, these stories could be successfully accessed.

Carmel Greystone’s goal is to be part of a vibrant Independent Film Industry, and seeks to develop strong character driven projects from original and daring perspectives, with definite crossover potential for international distribution to world markets

Carmel Greystone has assembled a slate of interesting projects which are in various stages of development.