Ambitious, Dean M Drinkel is a published author, editor, award winning script-writer and film director and was Associate Editor of FEAR Magazine. He has contributed several articles to various publications and in 2018 established the horror press DEMAIN PUBLISHING (over 100 books published to date!).
He has been invited / selected to attend The Script Factory’s SCENE INSIDERS programme (2005), two BFI project labs (2019 – writing & producing), two Storyfutures (immersive technology) labs as well as in December 2020, a Sundance Institute programme in TV writing (ran early 2021).
Also in 2020, one of Dean’s spec TV scripts reached the top 4% of submissions for the BBC Writer’s Academy and he joined the board of a Scottish based TV & Film production company as well as becoming an active member of both the WGGB’s Film & TV committees. In February 2021 BBC Radio Kent broadcast his short story “The Tale Eaters” (with Michael Chance, Keith Drinkel and Carolyn Seymour) and his story “Weird” was broadcast as a Cyro Pod Tape (Episode 5) in May.
Dean has over fifty credits to his name in the field of genre writing (including short stories, collections, novellas, anthologies); has written and directed fifteen theatrical plays in London and the South East of England and during the years 2002 – 2008, he wrote and directed several short experimental films.
Dean moved to Cannes, France in 2016 to write a feature film script with Romain Collier - “The Tragedy Of The Duke of Reichstadt” (about the son of Napoleon). This subsequently won two screenplay awards (Best Historical Drama / Best Independent Spirit) at the Monaco International Film Festival and is now in active development with producers from Austria and France.
In 2017 Dean returned to directing with the short film “15” for Midas Light Films (screened at the Solaris Festival in Nice, the Med. Film Festival and the Malta International Film Festival amongst others) which in November 2018 was awarded Best European Film at Malta. In 2019 Dean was 1st AD on the horror / comedy “Dracula On Holiday”. In 2021 he directed the feature film “The Good Wife” for Fourstreete Productions (currently in post). He is also line producer on the upcoming feature film “The Island Of Wonder And Despair” (2022 - HOTS Productions).
Dean is slated to direct several feature films including “Werewolf On A Plane” (also writer) for Pink Flamingo Films. Currently Dean also has a number of film (“Hamilton” for Lionstar as an example) and TV projects (“Season In Hell” with the Rimbaud / Verlaine Foundation) in development.
Dean has won five awards for his script-writing, one for directing and was runner-up for the 2001 Sir Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Award (International Emmys) with his teleplay “Ghosts”.
2012 In The Name Of The Son Filament Press Co-writer
2014 “The Magus” Book Review Ginger Nuts Of Horror
2015 “Lisey’s Story” Book Review ‘King For A Year’ Blog
2016 “Meet The Writer” Personal Review WGGB Website
2016 “Dracula Pere et Fils” Film Review WBD Unsung Horrors V1
2018 “The Iron Rose” / “Shiver Of The Vampire”
Film Reviews WBD Unsung Horrors V2
2019 Vincent Price / Oscar Wilde Play Review Into The Velvet Darkness
1993 The Cage Short Film Director / Writer
2002 The Monster Short Film Director / Writer
2003 The Army Of The Seven Short Film Director / Writer
2003 The Lazar House Short Film Director / Writer
2003 The Chase Short Film Director / Writer
2004 Al-Baqarah Short Film Director / Writer
2004 The Coenobite Short Film Director / Writer
2005 The Imp Of The Perverse Short Film Director / Writer
2005 Sete (Thirst) Short Film Director / Writer
2005 Bitten Short Film Director / Writer
2006 Midnight Wired Short Film Director
2007 The Crumps Short Film Director / Writer
2008 Ruby Short Film Director / Writer
2017 15 Short Film Director
2019 Dracula On Holiday Feature Film 1st AD
2020 Echoes Of Mine Short Film (TBC) Director / Writer
2020 The Lake Short Film (TBC) Director / Writer
2020 Chocolate Potato Feature (TBC) Director
2020 Werewolf On A Plane Feature (TBC) Director / Writer
2021 Untitled Hamilton Project Feature (TBC) Writer
2002 The Monster In Me Hazlitt Theatre (Maidstone) Writer
2004 Lucifer’s Crown Cockpit Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2004 Zero Cockpit Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2004 A Rump’s Tail Cockpit Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2005 Ruby Cockpit Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2005 The Catskills (part one) Little Brook Theatre (Chatham) Writer / Director
2005 Frankenstein In Love Barons Court Theatre (London) Director
2006 The Catskills (part two) Cockpit Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2006 The Catskills (parts one – three) White Bear Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2006 The Crumps Little Brook Theatre (Chatham) Writer / Director
2006 Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show Little Brook Theatre (Chatham) Writer / Director
2006 Frankenstein in Love Rehearsed Reading Fantasycon
2007 The Crumps White Bear Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2007 The Catskills (part four) Cockpit Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2007 The Catskills v The Crumps Pleasance Theatre (London) Writer / Director
2001 Ghosts Sir Peter Ustinov Screen. Award /
International Emmys Runner Up
2012 Bright Yellow Gun Monaco Int. Film Festival Best Thriller Screenplay
2013 Splinter Monaco Int. Film Festival Best Action Screenplay
2014 Stella Maris Monaco Int. Film Festival Best Action Screenplay
2016 Tragedy of Reichstadt Monaco Int. Film Festival Best Historical Drama &
Best Independent Spirit
2018 15 Malta Int. Film Festival Best European Film
Books, Film, Short story, Television
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