Elan Durham @europabridge1

Writer, Editor, and Traveler in Cambridge, MA

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

'Adventures in Paradise' updates the screwball comedy dynamic of Kate Hepburn and Cary Grant with a dash of Agatha Christie, bags of smart dialogue, and even a bit of Jane Austen to deliver a romantic comedy-revenge caper loaded with serious ideas but not always presented with a straight face due to its own hilarious pranks.

I've written more than 40 roles for women and men across seven generations and several continents, and I'm very proud of the intelligent roles I've written especially for British talent. This is a Made-in-England-branded film venture (there's a sequel) connecting with the global business community in ways that explore women's rights, privacy, #metoo, Media Accountability, and of course love and betrayal in a lovable entertainment. There is something in AIP that draws just about everybody into its story.

Billionaire Clive Reade meets Aurora Blunton, a beautiful Cambridge-educated undercover reporter with her own #metoo story and whom Clive views as his nemesis. Eventually they form an unbeatable team to follow the trail of a criminal media empire to its source with stunning results. AIP is a BIG film that creates an unforgettable experience with a Downton Abbey-like allure, sleek pacing, and quite a bit of suspense, silliness, and brilliant banter to imprint itself on generations to come. All along the way London is highlighted as THE PLACE to watch, do business, and party.

'Adventures in Paradise' challenges cliche behaviours to change us all for the better particularly the ways in which women are treated professionally by men in power ... And the way power corrupts us all.

Progressive agents, producers, directors, actors, and people in the media world who love bold, layered, funny, and literate plots will embrace my vision of London life in the Brexit era. It's so detailed, I do imagine a bestseller 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 and beyond. Elan Durham's stories are some of the most stunning I've read in a fiction of surpassing beauty and humour."
Rebecca Lee, author Bobcat and Other Stories and The City is a Rising Tide