Movies & books

MOVIES

Since 2019 I have completed six screenplays: three feature films and three short films. (This article updated 21 November 2022.)

My first feature, Art of Revenge, won first prize in the dark humour category at the Grim North screenplay festival in December 2019.

Logline: A painter provokes a chain of revenge when he reneges on a deal he made with the talking cat who created his recent exhibition, after critics hail the painter as a genius.

The judge’s comments on the script were very positive: “Pablo the cat is a marvellous character – wonderfully devised, neatly developed and wholly credible … A strong voice, and a writer to watch out for in the future.”

My second feature is called Flight Home. A stressed NHS doctor working in London flees to the Australian outback after accidentally causing the death of a child. He works in obscurity as a hospital orderly until circumstances force him to resume work as a doctor.

My current project is a feature screenplay (Where You Find Love) about the friendship between Leonard Cohen and the Australian writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston on the Greek island of Hydra from the early 1960s.

I wrote, directed, filmed and edited my first short film Lockdown Love (7 minutes) in 2020, during the Covid lockdown.

My Plastic Friend (13 minutes) appeared in 2021. I filmed both movies with an iPhone and edited them on an iPad Pro before uploading to Amazon Prime. They can be purchased or rented.

In 2022 I wrote, directed and edited my third film, Karma Waters. This time I used a professional crew but I still edited the film on my iPad Pro, using the LumaFusion app. Karma Waters runs 7 minutes.

It is relatively easy (and fun) to direct and edit. Writing the script takes a lot longer. I have several other script projects I’m also writing, including a story about cricket umpires.

BOOKS

Between 1996 and 2011 while working as a journalist and academic I published 27 non-fiction books with publishers in Australia, the UK and the US (two were translated into Chinese).

While teaching in China in 2011 I had a near-death experience. It took me two years to process this event and change my approach. In 2013 I started writing fiction full time.

I have produced manuscripts for three novels. To date only Chaucer’s Team has been published (2014). That novel takes Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as a model. The 12 members of a cricket team known as the Pilgrims tell their stories to team captain Jeffrey Chaucer in the team pub, the Canterbury Tales. The stories are about love, sex, death, masculinity and life. You can buy the print version from Amazon or as an ebook from Kindle.

My first book of poetry If you can be anything, be kind appeared in October 2018. You can find it on Amazon here.

My most recent non-fiction book was the second edition of my book on clear writing, CLARITY, published in August 2018. You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

Here are details of all the books I have published, with the most recent at the top.

Quinn, S. (2018). If you can be anything, be kind (poetry). MOJO Media Insights, Brighton.

Quinn, S. (2018). CLARITY: A guide to clear writing. Second edition. MOJO Media Insights, Brighton.

Burum, I. and Quinn, S. (2015). MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook Focal Press (Taylor and Francis Group), Boston. Includes companion web site and 13 videos.

Quinn, S. (2015). CLARITY: A guide to clear writing. First edition. MOJO Media Insights, Brighton. 

Quinn, S. (2013). Asia’s Media Innovators Volume 3. Crowdsourcing in Asian Journalism Konrad Adenauer Foundation: Singapore.

Quinn, S. (2012) Mojo: Mobile journalism in the Asian Region Third edition. Konrad Adenauer Foundation: Singapore.

Quinn, S. (2011) Mojo: Mobile journalism in the Asian Region Second edition. Konrad Adenauer Foundation: Singapore.

Kaye, J. and Quinn, S. (2010). Funding journalism in the digital age: Business models, strategies, issues and trends Peter Lang: New York.

Quinn, S. and Kierans, K. (2010). Asia’s Media Innovators Volume 2. Konrad Adenauer Foundation: Singapore.

Quinn, S. (2009) Mojo: Mobile journalism in the Asian Region Konrad Adenauer: Singapore.

Quinn, S., Wake, A. and Linden, A. (2008). Australia-United Arab Emirates: Expanding trade and cultural links Focus Press: Sydney.

Quinn, S. (2008). Asia’s Media Innovators Volume 1. Konrad Adenauer Foundation: Singapore.

Quinn, S. and Lamble, S. (2008). Online Newsgathering: Research and Reporting for Journalism Focal Press: Boston. Reprinted 2010 and 2013.

Quinn, S. (2006). Conversations on Convergence: Insiders’ views of twenty-first century news production Peter Lang: New York.

Quinn, S. (2005). Convergent Journalism: The fundamentals of multi-media reporting Peter Lang: New York. Published in Chinese in April 2015.

Quinn, S. and Filak, V. (editors) (2005). Convergent Journalism: An Introduction Focal Press: Boston.

Walters, T. and Quinn, S. (2003). Bridging the Gulf: Communications Law in the United Arab Emirates. Ideas Lab: Dubai.

Quinn, S. (2002). Knowledge Management in the Digital Newsroom Focal Press: Oxford. Reprinted 2003.

Quinn, S. (2001). Digital Sub-Editing and Design Focal Press: Oxford. Reprinted 2005.

Quinn, S. (2001). Newsgathering on the Net Second edition. Macmillan: Melbourne.

Quinn, S. (1999). The Art of Learning University of NSW Press: Sydney.

Quinn, S. (1999). Newsgathering on the Net Macmillan: Melbourne.

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