Richard’s first feature script, psychological chiller TRAUMA, was directed by Marc Evans, starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari.
An original screenplay, it was produced by Warner Bros/Little Bird/BBC Films. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, followed by Toronto, Edinburgh and Cannes. It opened wide in cinemas across the UK and Europe, followed by distribution in the USA with Myriad. It was described as “a haunting meditation on grief and self-delusion…a UK film whose visual and aural virtuosity sets it apart” (Screen International) and “a gripping thriller” (News of the World).
Richard recently sold original TV pilot NO REGRETS to Will Smith’s Overbrook.
Entertainment (for the A&E network). His most recent feature commissions include NIGHTWORK (based on the book by Irwin Shaw) for Ealing Studios and BIG DEAL for Celador Films (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE).
Richard’s half-hour film, LEONARD, won Best Television Screenplay in the 2002 BAFTA Scotland Awards. Starring Dennis Lawson, directed by Brian Kelly, it was produced by Stella Maris Films/Scottish Media Group/Scottish Screen. It was shown across the world, winning the Audience Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the Jury Prize in Cairo, the Independent Best of British Award at Brief Encounters, the Audience Award in Rehoboth Beach, the Organization Prize at the Algarve Film Festival, Best Single Drama at the Mental Health Media Awards and Best Fiction at the Tehran Festival for “the highly professional skills in driving the narrative and for its sense of humour in dealing with a human relationship.”
2006 saw production of Richard’s short film, MONO, which he directed too. Funded by Digicult/The Film Council/Scottish Screen, it was produced by GMAC/Abigail Howkins. It was runner-up in the BBC Filmmaker’s Award, won the Audience Award at Merchant City Festival, Best Short Drama at the End of the Pier International Film Festival and Film of the Month on shootingpeople.com. It was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA and for a TORC award by the Celtic Film and TV Festival. It was selected across the world, including Los Angeles, Mill Valley (San Francisco), Atlantic Film Festival (Nova Scotia), Uppsala (Sweden), Foyle (Ireland), Leeds, Encounters (Bristol), Sao Paulo, Inverness, Vendome (France), Santa Barbara, Milan and Black Maria (New Jersey). It was shown domestically by BBC3. In 2008, Richard went on to write and direct the short film, SCORE, for filmaka.com. The film was designated a ‘winner’ by its jury.
In another life, Richard created and wrote the ten-part comedy TV series, RE-PLAY, for BBC Play UK. He went on to write the twenty-part series, DONNAWORLD, for the same network. Starring Donna Air, it was described by The Guardian as “an astonishing piece of television”. He’s contributed material to BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Hudson and Pepperdine Show’ and he’s written two produced comedies for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also won the UK-wide Six Foot High film competition with his script, A GOOD DAY’S WORK.
Richard has adjudicated on Scottish BAFTA juries. He was an advisor on the Moonstone script labs, a graduate of Arista and mentors for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has a postgraduate degree (with distinction) in Screenwriting from the University of Salford and BA(hons) from the University of Strathclyde. He splits his time between London, Los Angeles and Glasgow.
Richard is represented by Bruce Vinokour at CAA in the USA.