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ISBN 978–0–9557285–4–9
First published October 2008; 120 pp
paperback with endpapers; 198 x 129 mm

£7.99
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Greg Loftin runs his own production company, writing original scripts and directing short films, and teaches at Ravensbourne College of Communication.

Elise Valmorbida, producer of Saxon and author of the introduction to this book, is a writer and creative director. Her novels include The TV President (CBe, 2008) and The Winding Stick (Two Ravens, 2009).
 
Saxon the making of a guerrilla film  screenplay by Greg Loftin
 
Eddie has his eye cut out by a loan shark chasing a debt; his other eye will only be spared upon repayment. Desperate for cash, he does a deal with Linda to find her husband, who won a million pounds on a TV quiz show but has now gone missing – and so Eddie embarks on a comically gruesome journey through the surreal underworld of Saxon, the ghost town of grim flats where he grew up

Saxon, written and directed by Greg Loftin and starring Sean Harris and Sarah Matravers, was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2007 and won the top award at the 2008 European Independent Film Festival in Paris. Included here, with the screenplay and production stills, is the full story of how this guerrilla film was made and achieved success.

‘Wielding a budget so low as to be imperceptible, first-time director Greg Loftin somehow turns in an original piece of work, rough around the edges but with a distinct black comedy sensibility. This is Saxon, a state-of-the-nation name for the most horrible housing estate imaginable, in a major flightpath and due for demolition. Its central character is fresh out of jail, penniless and setting himself up to find a £1m game-show winner who has gone missing. The plot is almost incidental as Sean Harris sets about gumshoe duties, getting beaten up more often than Philip Marlowe and sporting a mullet that “looks like a dog’s arse”. Entirely independent and gleefully multi-genre.’
               – Guardian

‘Enthralling and intriguing, this screenplay is a gem’
               – Triggerstreet.com