Bangkok Or Bust Screenplay – An Update
Above Photo: From a night sampling cocktails at a Khaosan Road camper-van stall
As some readers will know, I have written a screenplay for a full-length comedy film, set in Thailand, with a friend of mine, called Byron Bishop, who’s an actor (and now a director). It’s called Bangkok or Bust.
We started it on a long drive to Bangkok from the northern city of Nong Khai, and by the time we arrived in Bangkok, the plot was well advanced, and some of the characters were well fleshed out.
We then set about intensively writing it, and Byron and I would meet up to review, edit and discuss it, adding developments and twists, wherever and whenever we could – in McDonald’s, Starbucks, noodle shops, ya dong bars; anywhere we could grab some quiet time to sit down and focus.
This was appropriate because the screenplay is firmly set in real-life Thai and Bangkok locations, such as the famous Khaosan Road.
It was an excellent collaboration; we ended up with a great script, and everyone who’s read it has been excited by it.
It revolves around three Americans whose holiday in Thailand goes tits up when they’re left to their own devices, and our award-winning short film, Clueless? contains the same kind of comedy and comic turns.
We decided we’d try to get Bangkok or Bust made, but first you need money. And before you can get money, it helps to have a distribution deal, so I decided I’d grab the tiger by the tail and see what happened.
A couple of months ago, I cold-contacted an International film distributor in Europe, explained what we had, who we wanted to play in it, and they said they’d happily read the script.
If we can get a distribution deal in place, on the back of a script, raising the money will be much easier.
We had the film budgeted at around $1,000,000, which is a lot of money to us, but in the movie industry it isn’t.
And now…we wait; and if this distributor says no, we’ll approach others who we think would be appropriate for the movie, in the New Year, and see what happens, when I shall report back on progress, good or bad.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:
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