Ian Masters and Jon Smith
Ian Masters and Jon Smith met while completing their Masters in Screenwriting at Bournemouth University. Over the past decade they have been developing a slate of feature, short and TV drama projects ranging from thrillers, to comedies, in places as far flung as Cambodia, Ghana, Uganda and Italy. Their work has regularly placed in top script competitions (including Nicholls, Screencraft and PAGE) and their work has been represented at film financing forums and the Berlinale Talents programme in Tokyo and Durban. THE LAST REEL the first feature film written and produced by Ian Masters and directed by Kulikar Sotho, was Cambodia’s official submission to the Academy Awards in 2016, and premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival where it won the Spirit of Asia Award. Its festival release saw it pick up a number of awards including the Black Dragon Award at Udine Far East Film Festival, and the audience award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. It has since had a theatrical release in Japan and Cambodia. Ian has written TV and radio dramas for BBC Media Action in Cambodia, Bangladesh and South Sudan, and worked as a consultant script editor in East Jerusalem for Oxfam and Kenya for One Fine Day Films. Original scripts co-written with Jon Smith include HIDDEN (Bronze Finalist at the PAGE International Screen Awards); THE LOST CAUSE (recently pitched at the Birmingham Film Market event) and short film IDI AMIN’S BOAT which Ian produced and co-wrote. Published internationally by McGraw-Hill and Hay House, Jon is the best-selling author of 12 books and the writer of four musicals which have been performed at the Belfast Waterfront, Birmingham Hippodrome and London’s Waterloo East, Courtyard and Park Theatres.
Ian and Jon are currently commissioned to write two feature screenplays: FALLOUT for Australian producer Murray Pope and ALE MARY for a Dutch production company. Their original tv series pilot OTRANTO is being optioned by an Italian tv company. Their script THEY WALKED ALONE was selected as part of the C21 Drama script competition in December 2019. Read more here.