Susanna Shakespeare follows the truth of her father's legacy.
Shakespeare's Daughter is a Shakespearean road trip where the Bard's daughter, Susanna, longs to see her father perform before it's too late - and escapes to London in search of her famous, and infamously absent, father. It is essentially a love story between a father and his daughter, where they each grow into their relationship, and where Shakespeare rights the wrongs of a lifetime. Screenplay by Susan Ronald & Sally Robinson - seeking production partners.
Based on Alison Weir's bestselling novel about Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France
Captive Queen is the screen adaptation of Alison Weir's bestselling novel of the same title, about the captivating and captive beauty Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and later Queen of England. This is Eleanor at her most beautiful and commanding, an older woman passionately in love with the young duke of Normandy, Henry, who plots to make his own luck to become King of England. It is a prequel to Lion in Winter exploring where the fatal attraction between Eleanor and Henry begins. Screenplay by Susan Ronald & Alison Weir. Period drama. Potential for film or TV mini-series.
The Woman who saved Einstein
The sexually charged story of pianist Harriet Cohen.
Harriet Cohen (1895-1967) was the incredibly beautiful and elegant favourite pianist of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Willie Walton and Sir Arnold Bax - but is remembered mostly as the mistress of great men in literary and musical circles. This is the untold story of a portion of her work as an undercover agent for Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald in the early 1930s when she was tasked with saving Albert Einstein's work, and facilitating his exit from Nazi Germany. Feature Film.
The End of a Dynasty
This amazing, dramatic, epic story reveals the last days of Tsar Nicholas II set against the Bolshevic revolution.
This is the amazing untold story of the last days of Tsar Nicholas II and the plots that made way for the Bolshevik Revolution a mere seven months later. As the Russian Empire crumbles and the country is in turmoil, Tsar Nicholas II is forced to make life and death decisions and choose between his family and his country. Although the last in the line of a proud and aristocratic family, he still has to decide between the basic human aspects that unite us all - will he choose to live for the honour of his family, or die for the love his life? Screenplay by Doug Ronald and Susan Ronald – seeking production partners.
Hamlet at Elsinore
Hamlet, set in the beautiful grounds of Elsinore Castle.
Hamlet at Elsinore Castle is the documentary of the first-ever promenade performance of Hamlet through the rooms of Elsinore Castle in Helsingor, Denmark in April 2010. Hamlet is performed and directed by the students of the ADC at University of Cambridge and is accompanied by conference sessions with academic experts Stanley Wells, Paul Edmondson, Neil Turner, Ann Thompson, Abigail Rokison and actors Penny Downie, Sam West and Scott Handy discussing what Hamlet means to them. In Post Production. To be released February 2013.
Mary Queen of Scots
The tragic story of Queen Mary.
Mary Queen of Scots passed her childhood in France and married the Dauphin to become Queen of France at the age of sixteen. Widowed less than two years later, she returned to Scotland as Queen after an absence of thirteen years. Her life then entered its best known phase: the early struggles with John Knox, and the unruly Scottish nobility; the fatal marriage to Darnley and his mysterious death; her marriage to Bothwell, the chief suspect, that led directly to her long English captivity at the hands of Queen Elizabeth; the poignant and extraordinary story of her long imprisonment that ended with the labyrinthine Babington plot to free her, and her execution at the age of forty-four. Screenplay by Susan Ronald. Based on the book of the same title by Antonia Fraser. Feature film.
A TV mini-series showing the formation of the British "D Section" in Vienna in 1938.
The action opens when embassy officials in Vienna find themselves caught up in the human chaos created by Anschluss on 12th March 1938. As Hitler waltzes into Austria, a body of a British naval officer is found in the Vienna woods. His boss - the man sent in by the navy to spearhead "whisperings" or disinformation and spying in Vienna - desperately seeks out the traitor who killed his 2IC. As his network crumbles around him, he must also try to save the persecuted Austrians who are in imminent danger. TV series. Created by Susan Ronald and Doug Ronald. Inspired by Helen Fry and James Hamilton's books "Goodnight Vienna" and "Moonlight over Denmark". Seeking production partner.
TV series about the latest financial instrument, trading the environment.
TV series about the latest financial instrument to be invented by bankers - trading the environment. Series 1 sees The Nature Bank establishing itself in London to bring a new dimension to the meaning of "toxic debt" and how, by its desire to "save the planet" the Fair-Traders bring us all just that bit closer to the abyss. The series is character driven and entirely based on fact (aside from trading in wildebeest). Series created by Susan Ronald. Seeking production partner.
A Curious Honour
The true story of the flamboyant Thomas, Lord Cochrane, who was a hero in the Napoleonic Wars.
A Curious Honour is the true story of the flamboyant Thomas, Lord Cochrane, a Scottish nobleman, who was a national naval hero of the Napoleonic Wars and later Member of Parliament. Cochrane was an outspoken and eloquent righter-of-wrongs and champion of the underdog, who was loathed by the establishment and the Prince Regent in particular. In 1814, Cochrane was accused of financial fraud of government stock a vast scale and put on trial before the King's Bench. Cochrane was convicted. But was it because he suppressed evidence that incriminated his eighteen year old wife OR because the Prince Regent had had quite enough of Cochrane pointing out corruption and injustice in the navy? Cochrane had the power to tell the whole story, but didn't, having to choose between his honour as a national hero and as a man. Screenplay in development by Doug Ronald and Susan Ronald.
The Gates of Hell
Events of American foreign policy after World War II that led to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The Gates of Hell is based on the story of how the sins of American foreign policy during World War II for the liberation of Italy was tied to the assassination of John F. Kennedy (50th anniversary in 2013). When the USA deported and exported Mafia bosses back to Italy to help with the liberation in World War II, it made a catastrophic mistake of believing that all Mafiosi are alike. The Camorra of Naples who had been running the former kingdom for centuries were suddenly usurped by the agrarian, roughnecks of the Sicilian Mafia unleashing a turf war that would last for over 40 years. At the heart of the action are an American general who came unstuck in World War II in Naples and who later befriended Lee Harvey Oswald, the son of the local Camorra chief and former Indy race car driver, his beautiful American wife, and the British community tied to NATO. Screenplay in development by Douglas Ronald and Susan Ronald. There will be a novel of the same title written by Douglas and Susan as well.
An animated feature film based on the novel by Douglas Ronald and the true stories of young boys in Nelson's Navy.
Young Nelsons can either be an animated TV series or animated feature film based on the true stories of young boys in Nelson's Navy geared to a family audience. Based on Doug Ronald's book of the same title, it is an adventure yarn following a French girl disguised as a boy, the English boy she has fallen hopelessly in love with, her dog Fang, and a shark that relentlessly pursues them, Fin. Their adventures range from saving Fang from a court-marshal to battles at sea where the girl inadvertently turns the tide of the war against Napoleon. Screenplay by Doug Ronald.
The Diamond Cutter
A girl in the fifteenth century Europe, who hides her diamond cutting talents from the Inquisition.
The Diamond Cutter is set in the brutal world of the late fifteenth century in Spain, Portugal and Antwerp, where fear of discovery from the Inquisition is around every corner. The Conversa Jewish girl becomes a gemstone cutter, gifted beyond all others in unlocking the beauty of a diamond. But it proves to be a skill that could either save her or ruin her unless she can find protection from someone wealthy enough to become her patron. But first, to prove her loyalty to such a patron, she must secretly cut the world's largest diamond undetected by anyone. Based on an unpublished novel by Susan Ronald. Screenplay under development by Susan Ronald.
A film about the remarkable and untold story of Sigmund Freud's escape from Austria during the Second World War.
Freud's War is a screenplay about the remarkable and untold story of Sigmund Freud's escape from Austria. The author of the book of the same title, Dr Helen Fry, will write the first draft screenplay. TV mini series.
The powerful story of Heinz Howard Triest of his time as a translator in Nuremburg prison for Nazi prisoners.
The Letter is the powerful story of Heinz Howard Triest and his sister Margot based in part on Howard's recollections of his time as a translator for the psychiatrists in Nuremburg prison for the top Nazi prisoners. Howard's remarkable story of his famil's escape from Munich to France and his parent's capture is encapsulated in his mother's last letter to her children thrown from a high window in the cattle car hurtling across France towards Auschwitz begging them to be good until they are reunited. As remarkable as everything else in their story, the letter was delivered to Margot in Switzerland, and she and Howard found each other, and salvation at last. 1st draft screenplay to be written by Dr Helen Fry. Feature film.
Magnificent Mrs Tennant
The adaptation of the novel about Gertrude Tennant, a middle class girl, who becomes Gustav Flaubert's lover in her teens.
The Magnificent Mrs Tennant is the screen adaptation of David Waller's poetic novel about Gertrude Tennant, an unknown English middle class girl, who becomes Gustav Flaubert's lover in her teens. Their love affair lasts a summer, but they remain friends and continue their correspondence through to old age. Gertrude marries, and returns to England with her husband, setting up the first French-style salon entertaining prime ministers and literary luminaries from around the world. Screenplay by David Waller. Period Drama.
Every Last Thing
What would you do with the last 24 hours on earth? A circle of friends from Manchester find out what they would do and discover what it means to be human.
Every Last Thing explores the notion that if the world ended in 24 hours, how would you spend your time? It is a character driven story set among a small circle of friends in Manchester, with the viewer never quite sure if the events are really happening or are part of some elaborate hoax. First draft screenplay by Ben Highton completed.
Shakespeare's Lost Years
The feature film prequel to Shakespeare's Daughter based on new historical reasearch about the young William Shakespeare from his 15th birthday until the age of 28.
Shakespeare's Lost Years is the prequel to Shakespeare's Daughter based on new historical reasearch about the young William Shakespeare from his 15th birthday until the age of 28. Shakespeare flees his dire family circumstances as a private tutor to a gentleman attending Oxford University, and discovers the world of letters...but he is a young man in love with love, and falls madly in love with the unattainable wife of John Florio and consoles himself firstly by going off to war in the Netherlands, then later in Anne Hathaway's arms.