Richard’s first feature script, psychological chiller TRAUMA, was directed by Marc Evans, starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari. Produced by Warner Bros/BBC Films, it played at Sundance, Toronto, Edinburgh and Cannes, before opening wide in cinemas. 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 is adapting the booker-nominated GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS for Astro Shaw/HBO-Asia, a dark, twisting mystery-romance. He’s writing originals, GLASGOW KISS, for BFI/Synchronicity (for director Marianna Palka), and psychological thriller, IN HER NAME, for Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures. He’s worked with Christian Coulson, Ealing Studios and others.
On the TV side, he’s writing grounded sci-fi drama, THE VISIT, for Three Rivers (network announcement coming soon) and adapting the time travel comic, HIDING IN TIME, for Whalerock/MGM. He sold his original pilot, NO REGRETS, to Will Smith’s Overbrook, for the A&E network, and last year adapted true-life wartime novel, EAST WIND, RAIN, into a miniseries.
Richard’s main passion is exploring new worlds through interesting characters. He’s drawn to high-concept backdrops and grounded drama. He got his break with LEONARD, which won Best Television Screenplay in the 2002 BAFTA Scotland Awards and many festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Cairo, Brief Encounters, Rehoboth Beach, Algarve and Tehran for “the highly professional skills in driving the narrative and for its sense of humour in dealing with a human relationship.” Richard’s first short as a director was MONO. Funded by Digicult/The Film Council/Scottish Screen, it was runner-up in the BBC Filmmaker Awards, and picked up multiple festival wins. It was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA and for a TORC award by the Celtic Film and TV Festival.
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 absurd twenty-part series, DONNAWORLD, for the same network (which 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 productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Richard splits his time between London, Los Angeles and Glasgow. He’s represented in the US by David Boxerbaum @ Paradigm and Andrew Wilson @ Zero Gravity Management. His website is www.richardsmithfilm.com