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 - now. My pitch here is for a commercial feature film loosely based on London's #Hackgate scandal that offers fully 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-satiric 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 7 generations and several continents, and I am especially proud of the intelligent roles I've written for British talent. This is a Made-in-England branded film venture (with a sequel) connecting to the global business community in ways that highlight women's rights, privacy, #metoo, media accountability, and love vs. betrayal in a devastating entertainment with something for everyone.

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.

A BIG film set in a chic London milieu with Downton Abbey-like allure, sleek pacing, and quite a bit of suspense, silliness, and brilliant banter, Adventures highlights London as the place to watch, invest in, listen to, stand up for, and in which to throw the very best dinner parties with scores of eccentric, lovable, and witty guests.

'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. In this way, I hope to imprint the idea of a more egalitarian culture on people for generations to come.

Progressive agents, producers, directors, actors, and people in the media world who love bold, intelligent, and fast-paced films are welcome to check out my video casting pitch for the first original #Hackgate screenplay 'Adventures in Paradise'. And check out my novel (review below) that I envision as a miniseries, one day.

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
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