About and Contact

Charles Harris

Charles Harris is a writer-director whose film work includes the BBC2 satirical documentary Sex, Drugs and Dinner, with Alexei Sayle, winning Best Network Programme in the UK; and the rite-of-passage movie Paradise Grove, which won Best New Director in Palm Springs.

Before becoming a screenwriter and film director he fell in love with journalism, working in BBC News on the Today programme, World at One, PM and The World Tonight, then assistant film editor and editor, including BBC’s prestigious documentary strand Man Alive and The South Bank Show on ITV.

His first movie script – a thriller – took many years to complete, but at the end of it he’d discovered an unexpected passion for writing. That first script was eventually bought, and packaged by a major Hollywood agency. He has since written and directed award-winning films and written for the Guardian and Independent.

Charles’ Home Page

4 thoughts on “About and Contact”

  1. Charles, I’ve followed up ‘the Bulgarian Codex’ with a new Sherlock Holmes, see below. All advice on bringing it to a movie-maker’s attention very welcome!

    Publication date January 2014

    In his later years Albert Einstein came to be considered a secular saint for proclamations like “Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice, I can help in the greatest of all causes – goodwill among men and peace on earth.” His younger years were different.

    Three years ago I published a research paper on the real-life mystery of Einstein’s illegitimate daughter titled ‘A Vital Detail In The Story of Albert Einstein’ (http://alberteinsteinmystery.wordpress.com/). Now my ‘Fourth Theory’ on her fate forms the basis of the new Sherlock Holmes novel –

    Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter

    In late 1903 Albert Einstein’s illegitimate daughter ‘Lieserl’ disappears without trace in Serbia aged around 21 months. As Holmes exclaims in ‘the Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter’, ‘the most ruthless effort has been made by public officials, priests, monks, friends, relatives and relatives by marriage to seek out and destroy every document with Lieserl’s name on it. The question is – why?’

    ‘Lieserl’s fate shadows the Einstein legend like some unsolved equation’ Frederic Golden Time Magazine

    Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter is available at http://www.mxpublishing.co.uk/engine/shop/product/9781780925721 (re. review copies contact Steve Emecz at mxpublishing@btinternet.com) or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sherlock-Holmes-Mystery-Einsteins-Daughter/dp/1780925727

    Tim Symonds was born in London. He grew up in Somerset, Dorset and Guernsey. After several years working in the Kenya Highlands and along the Zambezi River he emigrated to the United States. He studied in Germany at Göttingen and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Political Science. Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery Of Einstein’s Daughter was written in a converted oast house near Rudyard Kipling’s old home Bateman’s in Sussex and in the forests and hidden valleys of the Sussex High Weald.
    The author’s other detective novels include Sherlock Holmes and The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle and Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Bulgarian Codex.
    He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

    • Hi Tim

      Well done on the new book. To get the attention of a movie-maker, I advise you first a write short (one sentence) pitch and synopsis specifically for the screen, showing how your novel could work as a movie. You should then research producers, directors and development executives to find who would be best to approach.

      Organisations such as the one I work with, Euroscript, would be a good starting point. We run workshops on exactly what you need.

  2. Tim Symonds said:

    Charles, after 50 years as a freelance journalist I turned my hand to publishing two Sherlock Holmes’ pastiches, the latest being Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex. Recently I embarked on an ‘Argo 2’ movie script and have pretty well sketched out the action. At this stage, should I simply turn out a treatment (and if so, how long should a treatment be – 10 pages, 70 pages?) and does a treatment form the principal task of selling the script to an agent or producer? Your advice much welcomed!


    • Hi Tim, your ideas sound interesting. That’s important. If you don’t already have a track record in cinema, you’ll need to have a polished completed script to send. That’s the first essential. Then you’ll need a good one-line pitch to use either face-to-face or in the body of a query letter.

      Many (though not all) agents and producers will ask to see a treatment first – I recommend that this should be as short and readable as you can make it – 1-2 pages max. Your journalistic experience should be invaluable in keeping it brief. (Longer treatments may also be required – if someone asks you for a treatment, simply ask them how long they’d like!) And ensure the treatments include the ending. No cheating here.

      I have some articles on treatment writing, if you want more info.

      Best, Charles

Be the first to post a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s