Elan Durham @europabridge1

Writer, Editor, and Traveler in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hello. I am an editor, screenwriter, former actor, traveller, and ex-university professor with a novel, and some mixed genre screenplays that need representation by an agency keen on women's voices. My pitch here is for a feature film loosely based on London's #Hackgate scandal that offers fully half the roles to women of all ages.

'Adventures in Paradise' updates the male and female dynamic of Kate Hepburn and Cary Grant with a dash of film noir, bags of smart dialogue from the screwball comedy tradition, and even a dash of Jane Austen to deliver a romantic comedy-revenge caper loaded with serious ideas, but not always presented with a straight face.

I've written more than 40 roles for women and men across seven generations and several continents, and I'm particularly proud of the hilariously intelligent roles I've written for British talent. This is a film to be made in England connecting with the global community by supporting media responsibility, women's rights, and privacy protection in a witty and forward-thinking entertainment for everyone.

Billionaire Clive Reade is a fascinating character who becomes the target of an invasive and vicious tabloid scandal due to a longstanding family vendetta. Aurora Blunton is a brilliant Cambridge-educated undercover reporter with her own #metoo story who researches London's oldest tabloid, The Sentinel, and meets Clive as his accidental nemesis. Eventually they form an unbeatable team to follow the trail of a criminal network right to its source. The ethical, romantic, and comic rewards are as great for Clive and Aurora as they are for Britain. This is a BIG film with big ideas that creates its own tradition through meeting significant risks and challenges, and creating its own sleek pacing, irresistible aura and allure.

'Adventures in Paradise' challenges cliched behaviours to change us for the better, in particular the ways in which women are treated professionally by men in power.

Progressive agents, producers, directors, actors, and people in the media world who enjoy bold, layered, funny, and literate plots will love my vision of London life in the Brexit era. It runs nearly two and a half hours in the theatre, and is so detailed, I can imagine a novelization.

Check out my video casting pitch for the first original #Hackgate screenplay 'Adventures in Paradise', and be in touch if you would like to know more ... Thank you.

'Adventures in Paradise' is Library of Congress copyrighted and registered with WGA East.

  • Work
    • Freelance Writer-Editor
  • Education
    • MFA
    • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    • University of Alabama
Testimonial
Borrowed Light' concerns the life of Elan Durham's smart, fierce, and witty heroine Jean Turner, and it is a full blown, wonderful ... sometimes hilarious, sometimes scathing and gorgeous sail through a life, which includes a childhood in South, lives in Los Angeles and New York, and then a luminous if ambivalent and hard earned redemption back in the South Carolina. Elan Durham writes a fiction of surprising beauty and humour."
Rebecca Lee, author Bobcat and Other Stories and The City is a Rising Tide