A family adventure comedy has topped the 2023 edition of The Brit List, the U.K.’s version of The Black List for unproduced scripts.
Earning 22 recommendations, Keri Collins’ Super Gran — based on the British children’s TV series (which had a theme song performed by Billy Connelly) — led a total of 13 scripts that made the final list, which this year required a minimum of 12 recommendations for inclusion. For the first time since being established in 2007, the 2013 Brit List — which over the years has included Oscar winners including The King’s Speech, The Danish Girl and The Favourite — combined both film and TV scripts.
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“What an exciting year! Thirteen scripts, from fourteen fantastic writers have made it onto The Brit List 2023. And I’m particularly delighted that this year three feature scripts have topped the List — the first time since The Brit List combined both film and TV scripts. I’m hoping this marks a British film renaissance,” said The Brit List founder and director Alexandra Arlango
The volume of scripts put forward for recommendation — and the number of companies taking part from the U.K. film and television industries — continues to grow. Most importantly, the range of the stories being written is diverse, engaging and brilliantly entertaining.
See the full 2023 Brit List below.
Super Gran by Keri Collins (repped by 42) – 22 recommendations
Producers: Brock Media
Form: Feature Genre: Family Adventure Comedy
Summary: A dyslexic London school kid (12), tired of people saying he’s stupid, is sent to stay with his boring, cantankerous Scottish granny for Christmas. However, he is stunned to discover she has secret superpowers and a secret spy base beneath Loch Ness, as he is taken on an epic adventure in her flying 1980s Mini, doing battle with an arrogant tech bro who wants to bring about instant climate change for profit. It is in this chaos that the boy discovers his dyslexia helps him see the world in a different way, giving him his very own superpower with which to help his Super Gran.
The Golden Radiance of a Beetle by Henry Blake & Xiao Tang (Casarotto) – 18 recommendations
Producers: Bosena and Two Birds Entertainment
Form: Feature Genre: Body Horror Love Story
Summary: 1919, East London. A Chinese dock worker and white English secretary fall in love, only for their relationship to be threatened by societal contempt, triggering the woman’s transmogrification into a beetle. Cocooned from the pain, can their love transcend?
The Manikin by Maja Bodenstein (Casarotto) – 16 recommendations
Producers: Joi Productions
Form: Feature Genre: Psychological thriller
Summary: A humble Tailor’s Daughter arrives at the manor house on an isolated island, newly married to the Third Brother of the family which resides there. But she soon discovers there’s more to the imposing Matriarch’s grip over the family than their hopes of inheritance alone and comes to realize there may be power in the unsettling anatomical manikin that Matriarch keeps under lock and key.
Daring by Libby Adam (Curtis Brown) – 15 recommendations
Producers: Water & Power Productions
Form: TV Genre: Crime Thriller
Summary: Raphael has spent his life trying to escape his family’s legacy. Kitty has spent hers trying to live up to one. So when a high-stakes cocaine deal begins to unravel, both are drawn into the criminal underworld where their pasts force them to question if love and justice can ever coexist.
The Beautiful Gayme By Asad (Independent Talent Group) – 14 recommendations
Producers: 5 Acts Productions
Form: TV Genre: Comedy Drama
Summary: A failing gay amateur football team is in desperate need of saving and look to a new star player to be their unconventional hero. Can they save their football club, and themselves, in the process?
Bite Me by Alfie Coates (Curtis Brown) – 14 recommendations
Form: TV Genre: Supernatural Drama
Summary: All Darcy wanted was to find her real dad. But when your dad manages a boyband – and when that boyband has a vampire in it – it’s hard to avoid getting blood on your hands.
Antipope by Sam Ferguson (Curtis Brown) – 13 recommendations
Form: TV Genre: Historical Adventure Comedy
Summary: Antipope follows two medieval conmen who get in over their heads after crashing a party at the castle of the Count of Avignon. There, they find a scheming pit of vipers planning on anointing a new Pope at their wedding – an Antipope. When one of the conmen accidentally kills the chosen Cardinal, he’s forced to take their place to survive.
Preservation by Matthew McDevitt (Independent Talent Group) – 13 recommendations
Form: TV Genre: Crime Drama
Summary: On a Donegal island, two Gardaí battle a storm, the locals, paranoia and each other as they attempt to preserve a murder/suicide crime scene. But when they unearth an entire community complicit in generational crime, they’ll test each other’s limits of “what’s in the public interest”.
Dasilva & Sharp by Karla Marie Sweet (The Agency) – 13 recommendations
Form: TV Genre: Police Drama
Summary: City cop DS Melanie Sharp moves to Saltney-On-Sea, a tiny town on the Welsh and English border, after being hired as maternity cover for local detective Portia DaSilva. But when Portia returns from leave to find Mel has stuck around, she can’t help feeling like she’s trying to take her place. As animosity grows between the two women, their boss partners them up to solve a massive local case.
Marco & Gordon by Joe Bishop (Independent Talent Group) – 12 recommendations
Form: TV Genre: Drama
Summary: Marco & Gordon traces the volatile, tempestuous relationship between two giants of British cooking: Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay. We follow them through their respective boom and bust in ‘90s London, and the explosive end of their personal and professional alliance.
Foxes by Dexter Flanders (United Agents) – 12 recommendations
Producers: Happy Prince
Form: TV Genre: Drama
Summary: If one kiss had the power to destroy everything, would you risk it? A deeply moving and complex story of family, community and sexual identity, Foxes tackles the Black gay experience with tenderness and beautiful depth.
Easy by Cerys Hughes (Speed Literary and Talent Management) – 12 recommendations
Producers: B19 Media
Form: TV Genre: Drama/Comedy
Summary: Based on real-life experiences, Easy is an unflinchingly dark comedy set within the slutty world of sex addiction, as a woman tries, fails and tries again to connect in a world where everything, and everyone, feels disposable. When things go too far, how do you get off from getting off?
Your Knife My Back, My Gun Your Head by Anita Vettesse (The Haworth Agency) – 12 recommendations
Producers: BBC Studios Drama
Form: TV Genre: Revenge Thriller
Summary: How far is a woman prepared to go to protect her child? Fiona sets out on an all-consuming journey of revenge after headteacher Marissa expels her son for getting too close to her daughter. This decision is catastrophic and now Fiona is coming for Marissa’s daughter.
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