TAIPAN

Genre: Thriller

This feature-length screenplay is a gritty, edge-of-your-seat thriller/drama set in Thailand. It’s a taut, fast-moving story that delves into the shadowy (often heart-breaking) world of the Thai sex-trafficking industry. This is not a mindless action movie but rather a story with characters that we will care about and themes that will definitely impact audiences.

Synopsis

Sam Tully, a traumatised ex-soldier living a simple life on a Thai island, meets (and starts a relationship with) Cate Alexander, an Australian journalist who is there writing a story about the sex-trafficking industry. When Cate is found dead in Sam’s bungalow, suspicion falls on Sam. And his predicament worsens with the arrival of Cate’s father, David, a hard-boiled Sydney-based detective. But now the killers come after Sam and the reason, he soon discovers, has something to do with Cate’s unfinished story. Sam and David are forced into an uncomfortable alliance in their desperate bid to unearth the shocking truth surrounding Cate’s death.

Please contact me if you would like to read a synopsis, a treatment or the completed screenplay.


THE BIG WILD

Genre: Animated/family

My concept for this animated feature film has been shortlisted for the Triggerfish Animation Story Lab (top 20 out of over 1400 entries). I am now developing the story with the help of the wonderful development team at Triggerfish. Watch this space – I’m convinced this story is going to make it all the way to the big screen.

 

THE GALLOPER

Genre: Adventure/historical/romance

I am currently developing this live-action feature with producers in South Africa and Australia. This adventure/romance, based on a true story, is set in Australia and South Africa – the perfect vehicle for the first major co-production between these two countries. Things are looking promising with some exciting announcements coming soon!

 

THE BOY IN THE BUNYA TREE

Genre: Family

I am also very excited about this new screenplay which I am developing at the moment. This is a relatively low-budget, Australian-based family film which (amongst other things) is about an evolving friendship between a 14-year old white Aussie boy and a 65-year-old indigenous Australian. It’s a heart-warming story that deals with very real issues in Australia today with plenty of humour and excitement. I am also planning on writing a book (aimed mainly at 9 to 13-year-olds) which I think is going to be a great addition to the school curriculum as it throws light on various indigenous cultural subjects in an enjoyable, accessible way.

 

Also see: The Journey So Far (Screenplays)

Ian Pugh