SCREENWRITING

 

 

At the heart of Holy Bucket Productions lies a commitment to telling stories in ways that engage audiences. We believe in the power of narrative to engage people. The basis of any film is a great screenplay.

 

Lead writer Mike Riddell has spent a lifetime working on various forms of writing: novels, plays, and films. He brings that experience to bear on his many projects, and is sought after as a writer on numerous international projects.

 

Mike Riddell

The Guinea Pig Club
The Guinea Pig Club

Dir. Roger Donaldson Archie McIndoe – urbane New Zealand-born pioneer of cosmetic surgery in Harley Street, confronts the horror of war when he’s recruited to treat the horribly disfigured airmen delivered in droves from the front. He soon realises that it’s one thing to repair an injured body - but it’s far more challenging to restore a man’s soul. He tackles desperation and despair head on – determined to offer the remedy so badly needed by broken men – hope for the future. New Zealand

The Insatiable Moon
The Insatiable Moon

Sometimes magic happens in the most unlikely of places. Arthur claims to be the second son of God. The rest of the world calls him mad. But he knows who he is, and gets on with the work he needs to do. Before he's finished you will have fallen in love, laughed and cried, hoped and almost believed in him. New Zealand - UK

The Climber
The Climber

Legend. Asshole. Enigma. Hero. People would follow Gary Hemming anywhere: into bed, into trouble and up the most dangerous mountains in the world. In 1966 he became the most famous man in France – an outsider, an American, no less, who defied the authorities with an audacious Alpine rescue: a daring DIY dash up notorious mountain the Dru. But the rescue threw into jeopardy everything he ever believed in, and even his life. UK - France

Missu Peace
Missu Peace

When Edna Pearce, New Zealand's first policewoman, is appointed to supervise Japanese women and children incarcerated during the second world war, her life changes in dramatic ways. Her bonding with Japanese girl Nanae forms a bridge on which enemies can meet. But Edna is unprepared for what it might cost her to become vulnerable. A film of beautiful tragedy. New Zealand - Japan

Pompallier
Pompallier

From the ferment of post-Revolution France, Bishop Jean Pompallier ventures forth to the New World, fired by visionary faith and just a touch of arrogance. What he discovers there will shake the foundations of his certainty and plunge him into crisis. He wanted to make his mark on history; instead he is crushed on the wheel of events, destined to be forgotten… New Zealand - France

Godzone
Godzone

When intrepid travellers from across the globe arrive to do a luxury tramp on the Milford Track, they're unprepared for how the encounter will change them. Amidst the primeval beauty of the surroundings, their hilarious adventures throw them into romance and conflict. A film of fun and beauty for discerning audiences. New Zealand - UK