SANDS-END Screenplay : Update

I’ve been quiet here for the past six weeks because I have been working on the third draft of my full length film script, Sands-end. It’s been a really enjoyable experience so far; and I’m thoroughly engrossed in the journey my characters are making. This time around it’s very much like finding some of the pieces I thought had fit in the jigsaw I am putting together, actually hadn’t, so in the editing process, those pieces are ending up where they should be. Editing out unnecessary dialogue and using sparse and precise directions has really helped tighten up the progression of the story. One particular world famous director often said, “A film is like a slice of real life, with the boring bits cut out” , which is what I am hoping to achieve with this draft.

I shall post progress updates from time-to-time. The synopsis will be made available when this draft of the screenplay is complete and ready to be sent to production companies for consideration.

February Is Gay History Month In The UK

February is Gay History Month in the UK. Bringing you up-to-date, here are 28 films which people everywhere – whatever their sexuality – might want to consider viewing. Included with film number 1 is the Gilbert flag, which was the very first Gay Equality Rainbow flag. The films, spanning many decades include, indepentent films, major studios output, cult films, comedies, HIV and AIDS awareness, extended minority groups; with a variety of subjects, some of them still controversial, all of which have played a part in portraying gay lifestyles, the growth of gay culture, its diversity, and the journey towards complete acceptance, in the face of a still hostile and ignorant world community. Each film is followed by the film poster, or a still from the film.

February 28. Brokeback Mountain 2005. This landmark film bridged the gap between the independent LGBTQ film audience and the general viewing public. Whether gay or straight, people en-mass watched and experienced this great love story; a tragic study of self-denial on the part of Ennis Del Mar, who hides his sexuality, and forfeits the happiness of being with Jack Twist, the man he truly loves, above all others. A complex, romantic, and heartbreaking piece of cimematic history.

February 27. Parting Glances. 1986. A story of love and lovers, friends and friendship, set in New York during the worst part of the AIDS pandemic, where fear of the ‘plague’ and the loss of friends is impacting on the gay community, to its detriment. Steve Buscemi is here in his first starring role as one of a few very talented protagonists. It’s a diamond of a film; funny and sad and thought provoking by equal measure.

February 26. The Celluloid Closet. 1995. An excellent documentary based on the remarkably well researched, and detailed book of the same name, by gay activist and archivist, Vitto Russo, which covers how LGBTQ people were portrayed in film throughout the history of moving pictures.

February 25. WEEKEND. 2011. Andrew Haigh’s astounding second feature film is a low budget masterpiece. Russell [Tom Cullen] and Glen [Chris New] hook up for a weekend of casual sex, which turns into love, but love is the catch in the equation, which neither of them bargained for. Simply great!

February 24. A Taste Of Honey. 1961. A teenage girl, Jo, gets pregnant by a black sailor, who deserts her. Jo befriends and moves in with a young gay man, and they hatch a plan to raise the baby between them. That is, until the girls sluttish mother arrives and attempts to break up their relationship. This classic, British new wave comedy drama, is fondly referred to, and is a beloved and respected piece of cinema.

February 23. VICTIM. 1961. One of the first British films to tackle the law against homosexuality, head on! A brilliant cast and great performances. It is one of those rare films that everyone must see.

Februaury 22. Ein Weg (Paths or A Way). 2017. The everyday lives and the ups-and-downs in an eighteen year long gay relationship. Two German gay men meet, fall in love, and raise a son. When the son leaves home for university, the relationship between the couple begins to deteriorate.

February 21. Regeneration. 1997. Gay poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, meet whilst recuperating from WWI battle trauma and share ideas in the creation of some of their brilliant and timeless, anti-war poetry.

February 20. Kiss Me Guido. 1997. An hilarious look at gay relationships in New Yorks Greenwich Village, when a straight Italian guy has no choice but to share an apartment with an up-and-coming (no pun intended) gay actor. The actress, Antonia Rey steals the show.

February 19. I Think I Do. 1997. We all need some comedy in our lives right now so watch this delightful comedy about a group of graduating friends, and their love lives.

February 18. Cruising. 1980

February 17. Closet Monster. 2015

February 16. BOULEVARD. 2014

February 15. Love And Death On Long Island. 1997

February 14. Call Me By Your Name. 2017

February 13. Tom Of Finland. 2017

February 12. A Very Natural Thing. 1974

February 11. Free Fall. 2013

February 10. The Killing Of Sister George. 1962

February 9. Far From Heaven. 2002

February 8. MARIO. 2018

February 7. The Boys In The Band. 1970

February 6. CAROL. 2015

February 5. SEBASTIANE. 1976

February 4. Longtime Companion. 1989

February 3. IN THE NAME OF. 2013

February 2. MILK. 2008

February 1. The Times Of Harvey Milk. 1984

February 1. Gilbert Rainbow Flag For Gay Equal Rights. 1978

February Is Gay History Month in the UK

Febrary 1. This is the Gilbert Pride flag. The flag that started it all…

It was created in 1977 by Gilbert Baker, an artist, activist, and openly gay military veteran. Tasked by Harvey Milk, a historic figure in the fight for LGBTQ rights, to create a flag for the queer community, Baker created a rainbow flag with eight different colors.

Inspired by the classic song, Over the Rainbow, from the 1939 film The Wizard from Oz, Baker created a rainbow flag to represent LGBTQ folks. Each color in the flag also had a specific meaning. Those are listed below.

It is worthwhile taking into account, and remembering that the phrase, A Friend of Dorothy, was originally coined in the early 1930s by the lesbian, gay, and bisexual friends of Dorothy Arzner, the feminist film director, championed by the likes of Katherine Hepburn.

It has nothing whatsoever to do with the fictional character, Dorothy Gale.

Hot Pink symbolizes sex

Red equals life

Orange symbolizes healing

Yellow stands for sunlight

Green represents nature

Turquoise equals magic & art

Indigo stands for serenity

Violet represents the spirit of LGBTQ people


Where does the time go to? Tomorrow we will have been six years without him. And Where Are We Now?


I hope this post will inspire readers to play at least one of his albums today.

More Than A Woman ~ My Play About Bette Davis In Paperback ~ In Support of Cancer Research UK

If you purchase a copy of the paperback book on eBay, 50% of the sale of each book is automatically donated to Cancer Research UK. FREE POSTAGE within the UK.

Here is the link:

Fasten your seat-belts. Set in 1949 it’s All About Bette Davis at a critical cross-road in her career. Her buddy, Bud Gabrielli has a thing or two to say, with a revelation along the way, as well.

It’s enjoyable and informative entertainment for any day of the week. Follow it with one of Bette’s films, of course!

Sands-end Screenplay Update

I’m now around one hour of screen time into the second draft of the full-length screenplay.

So far, it has been a real pleasure, plotting the story and getting the written piece to this present stage.

I recently made two short visits to Whitby and Sands-end which have contributed immensely to the atmosphere I want to get across in the writing, and for whomsoever takes the story to the level of full-length feature.

In developing the storyline, I’ve created a new female character who is a key figure and protagonist/friend of the main male character.

The Abbey Ruins. East Cliff. Whitby. North Yorkshire.

Mark Shivas

Mark Shivas was my first writing mentor. His enthusiasm for film, and his encouragement of my ideas for my play More Than A Woman, like his generosity, was boundless.

More Than A Woman originated as a screenplay for a short film: The Alley Duse.

It caught the imagination of film producer Mark Shivas who thought it worthy of being made, but certain technicalities would prove the film to be too costly to make within the limited budget and the scale of the story too broad to encapsulate within a short running time of 20 minutes.

“Nevertheless, Mark was enthusiastic and encouraged me to develop the piece, either as a play written for radio or an even lengthier version for the stage, both of which could be economically viable productions,” Russell says. “His expert advice about the ‘less is more’ aspect of staging, was to construct the story with an eye fixed firmly on budget limitations. A play for radio requires no sets or costumes. In a play written for the stage, the audience’s imagination can be manipulated (but not wholly) by detailed description within the script, and the use of a minimalist set allows each individual in the audience to paint a unique personal visualization onto the blank canvass of the stage.

“With this in mind, I adapted the screenplay into an audio play of 50 minutes duration, also entitled: The Alley Duse. (The audio play has since been revised and renamed An Evening In The Company Of A Fallen Star: which was the original working title.) Although satisfied with the audio script; ultimately, I felt the story was too big to be restricted within the confines of a play for radio. Not wanting to compromise, I extended the story: developing existing characters and adding new: while deconstructing and reconstructing the plot in the creation of the stage play.

“After extended research, numerous rewrites and edits, the finished piece is a play in two acts, preceded by a prologue, titled : More Than A Woman.”

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Remembrance: [An End To War] A Poem 11>11>2021

Remembrance [An End To War] by Russell Liney

Remember, remember, the ‘leventh of November

Gun-powder, trench war, foot-rot.

I see no reason in a conscience being treason

when the reason for objection is not.

Remember, remember, the ‘leventh of November

Barbed-wire, napalm, snipe-shot.

I see no reason in objection being treason

though they shoot, hang, imprison me, or not.

Remember, remember, the ‘leventh of November

A-bombs, germ warfare; the lot.

Men of power with no conscience, are always the reason.

And abuse of that power is the truest of treason.

Invasion! For land, and min’rals, and oils.

Religious beliefs. ‘The winner the spoils!

Life is cheap and humans expendable.

Let’s send in the clowns … they’re dependable!’


Shout it loud, around the world across the sea

you people of conscience

that … ‘Only love and tolerance will set you free!’


Shout it loud, around the world across the net

you people of conscience.

Make peace, not war!’ This lesson learn. Lest they forget!

[Dedicated to all the people in our world]

© Copyright of Russell Liney 11/11/21

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