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Short film – ’til death us do part’

The challenge for any writer is to use as few words as possible or as they encourage in the screenwriting industry, ‘show, don’t tell‘.

Here’s my attempt to tell a story with no words.

I used a track from one of my late father’s albums, ‘Abide by Me” reproduced with permission from the record company.

Click on the link below to watch, and listen to, the short film via YouTube;

‘Til Death Us Do Part


Teaser for ‘Pleasure Beach’

A teaser is now available for the short film ‘Pleasure Beach’, written by Rick, at

‘Paul Bassingthwaighte (the Director) and I spent a good chunk of time crafting the potential for this project, developing authentic and bold characters, adding layers of emotionality and really nailing a sold story. This close collaboration allowed me to understand the visual and dramatic demands of Paul’s directing style and enabled us to create, what we hope viewers will find to be, a pretty powerful story. Casting was crucial and Paul managed to secure a talented cast, each able to reach into their characters to express and define their uniqueness and personalities. Nicki and Josh at Eavesdrop Films did an amazing job producing the project and helping to secure a location setting that was spookily close to what I had originally envisaged.’


Thank you BAFTA Scotland

—Thank you BAFTA Scotland

BAFTA Scotland nomination

Rick was delighted to be nominated for a 2012 BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award in the ‘writer’ category for the short film ‘Victims’.

‘It was an amazing experience getting the Nomination and being invited to the plush and glitzy event in Glasgow. You can perhaps imagine sweaty hands at the ready, a scrunched up speach in jacket pocket … and then the Winner was announced… it wasn’t me. Cue my smile through gritted teath, nodding head and my over-enthusiastic applause. No seriously, the winner was a deserved winner.’

You can watch ‘Victims’ on YouTube for £1.99 as set up by film distributor Shorts International.