It’s winter in Blackpool. The golden mile’s just a mile and there’s no pleasure to be had on the beach but life goes on for the locals.

Tony is eighteen and in love from the underpants out. The object of his desire is a barmaid but there’s one thing he needs to do before she’ll give him an all day pass to Mandyland- grow up.

He stumbles across an opportunity to prove his manhood and, in doing so, falls into a nightmare of very large, nasty grown-ups who want to either kill him or use him to get someone else killed, so he panics.

Enter Bene. Wise beyond his years and something of a guru he hatches a plan so utterly ridiculous that Tony rejects it out of hand and turns his back on his mate… who goes ahead with it anyway.

The whole story is heading towards a single night at the club. A night of violence. A night of secrets and lies and that’s just the staff. Everyone seems to have a plan that involves Tony… except Tony. He’s a man now alright but all he really wanted was a little ‘charles’ with the increasingly shallow Mandy.

He can’t run. He can’t trust anybody and the clock is ticking. Life isn’t a roller-coaster. There’s no wooden figure at the entrance with, “If you’re not as mature as me you can’t ride ‘Adulthood” written above it. Now he’s on it and can’t get off and there’s a massive drop ahead. All he can do is shut his eyes, hold on tight and prey he can still stand up when it’s over.

… oh, it would seem life is a roller-coaster after all.

You can outrun trouble all your life but it will find you eventually- it knows where you live.

In the darkness that fills the lives of those on the estate runs a man. A decathlete. The sun of a junkie and brother of a dealer.  He has a shot at Olympic glory but the life he was born into just won’t let him go and those closest to him seem hardest to reach.

 BANG is a Brian Taylor film.

Story by Brian Taylor.

Screenplay by Ian Watson.

  A rich London surgeon walks into a bar, naked- its no joke.

No wife, no shirt.

The best thing to do is just drive until you’re out of fuel then get as drunk as you can, as soon as possible. This shitty Northern pub will do… wherever the hell it is.

When you’re having a breakdown you just need to be left alone.. they’d leave you alone in Surrey, but these… people?

BREAKDOWN SERVICE is a 15 minute film by Ian Watson

An unscrupulous northern bookmaker discovers a young aboriginal artist in London who possesses the ability to throw with inhuman accuracy.

He sees that if he could put darts in the boy’s miraculous hands he could finally win after a lifetime of losing but his odds don’t look good.

Eventually he learns that success comes down to who you know, but life is about who you don’t.


D'arts is a feature-length comedy drama which is currently being written.

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