Posted on July 30 2010 by James

James Collins and Jack Rousseau have recently written the new horror movie ‘The Vessell’
You can find out more about it here:

The Vessel A new film by John-Martin White

The Vessel A new film by John-Martin White


Industry professionals can find these titles at

The Vessel  December 2012, currently in production off the Suffolk coast, directed by John-Martin White. Genre Horror. Release: 2013





Shocking The Donkeys update: There hasn’t been much news to report in recent moths. Due to the current financial climate in Greece and elsewhere, the project has been put on hold.

This means that the script is up for grabs and if any other production company is interested in discussing with us, then all you need to do is drop a line. Meanwhile the situation regarding civil partnerships and same sex marriage in Greece remains the same, the country remains behind many in its stance on gay rights and this killer script remains available for production.

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We are soon going to have a website ready for fundraising and need someone to check and improve the Greek translations. Anyone interested to help? Please contact James Collins. Thanks!

MARCH 2011
Looking for a Greek Film Production company

Just a quick update: For everyone who is following the blog and the progress of Shocking The Donkeys, the current news is:

The production company who have taken the script (Andzoo Productions) are now in the process of arranging finance for a production. This could take some time, as these things are never ‘over night’. There is great interest all round for the project, still, and what is really needed at this stage is a Greek film company to come on board. As a writer I don’t understand all the workings of the production side of a film project so I won’t guess at what it means to have a Greek film company involved, but we are of course, hoping that one comes forward to get involved.

It’s going to be a great opportunity for any film company as the theme and subject matter of Shocking the Donkeys is so new, and slightly controversial in Greece, that whoever puts in will, we hope, get a great deal out. We expect eyebrows to be raised, and things to be said once the film does come out. A gay wedding in Greece? Illegal still! Two men kissing on TV isn’t allowed in Greece so how will people think about it happening in the cinema?

Meanwhile I was contacted by the STAR TV channel recently and asked if I would do an interview about gay weddings in Greece – obviously ‘Donkeys’ news is spreading far and wide. I wasn’t able to get to Athens for the show though (and I couldn’t afford it) so I had to turn in down. But that’s just another example of how much interest our little project is generating. All a good grounding for a Greek Film Production company I imagine.

So, that’s where we are. Waiting to see what happens with raising the money. And, if you would like to know more and get in touch, if you’re a Greek film company who is interested, then go to and take a look around, and use their Contacts page to get in touch.

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July 2010
Our Greek Island project (the original working title; now titled Shocking the Donkeys) has already been receiving attention here in Greece. The national Newspaper Ta Nea interviewed James (and his parter Neil) about their life on Symi and ran an article that mentioned the screenplay. There was a follow up almost straight away with a short article specifically about the project. Within hours this was appearing on all kinds of blogs around the world – there is a story here it seems.

The text of that article, in Greek, is presented here, with thanks to Ta Nea.
(English version available on this page.)

Κάντο όπως η Σκόπελος
ΔΗΜΟΣΙΕΥΘΗΚΕ: Σάββατο 24 Ιουλίου 2010

«ΟΙ ΓΚΕΪΓΑΜΟΙ θα ήταν μια εξαιρετική ευκαιρία για την οικονομία της Ελλάδας και ειδικά για τα νησιά», υποστηρίζουν ο συγγραφέας Τζέιμς Κόλινς και ο φωτογράφος Νιλ Γκόσλινγκ. Και γι΄ αυτό έχουν στα σκαριά το «Greek Ιsland» (προσωρινός τίτλος), μια ταινία με βασικό θέμα ένα γκέι γάμο. Η υπόθεση εκτυλίσσεται στο φανταστικό νησί Κάλαδος, που μοιάζει με τη Σύμη. Είναι μικρό και οι κάτοικοί του είναι περήφανοι για τις παραδόσεις τους. Πρωταγωνιστής είναι ένας νέος που έχει γεννηθεί στο νησί, αλλά σε ηλικία 16 ετών μετακόμισε με τη μητέρα του στη Νέα Υόρκη. Αποφασίζει να επιστρέψει για τον γάμο του, γεγονός που κάνει τους ντόπιους πολύ χαρούμενους μέχρι να ανακαλύψουν πως η νύφη είναι γένους αρσενικού.

«Έψαχνα μια ιδέα για μια ρομαντική κωμωδία στα ελληνικά νησιά, όταν προέκυψε το θέμα του γκέι γάμου στην Τήλο», λέει για την πηγή της έμπνευσής του ο Τζέιμς και αποκαλύπτει πως κάποιο μεγάλο όνομα που αγαπά τα ελληνικά νησιά έχει ήδη ενδιαφερθεί για την ταινία, διότι πιστεύει πως «όποιο είναι το τυχερό νησί που θα γυριστεί θα έχει την ίδια τουριστική έκρηξη που έζησε και η Σκόπελος με το “Μamma Μia!”».

Δεν είναι όμως μόνο ο γκέι γάμος που θα δουν οι ανά τον κόσμο θεατές- διότι η ταινία ως κωμωδία έχει happy end. Θα περάσει μπροστά από την κάμερα ο δήμαρχος και ο αστυνόμος του νησιού «ευκαιρία για να δείτε τι σημαίνει ελληνική γραφειοκρατία», ένας τύπος που διαρκώς φτύνει, αλλά και μια γιαγιά σε πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο, που φροντίζει για τη διατήρηση των παραδόσεων ενώ παίζει παράλληλα νιντέντο.

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