445 AD – Against huge odds, a band of ill-prepared and unlikely heroes defend the small village of Cadeby from a Viking onslaught, with tragic consequences.
References: Braveheart, The Magnificent Seven, Zulu (all films).
Cadeby is the multiple award winning a character based, touching, often uncompromising feature film screenplay, capitalising on the current audience thirst for all things Viking.
It is set in 425-450AD, during the violent period of post Roman British Dark Ages at the times of early Viking incursions along the coast.
The Romans have left Britain in a seemingly perpetual age of darkness. Everybody wants to be a king and in the power void, most men of a fighting age have been killed fighting petty battles.
A young boy, Faelan, witnesses his family being murdered by an early Viking raiding party. 20 years later the same Vikings are back and heading to Cadeby, a village filled with elderly and infirm villagers – can he help them save the village?
Essentially a love story, an adventure story and a war film rolled into one. The tension builds throughout the piece as the Vikings close in on Cadeby, a real fifth century village.
The villagers must defend the village from the Vikings to stop them from travelling south and wiping out all of the villages along the coast.
Our hero, Faelan, now 26, with the help of an unlikely and unprepared band of heroes (a Pictish girl, a blind priest, a dwarf, a one-armed man, a lack-wit, a middle-aged bar-maid and a host of unwilling villagers), stands in the way of the invaders.
A story of heroism, tragedy, loss, love and what people do when odds are stacked against them.
Cadeby is a highly rated, award winning original piece of writing. It has a very strong female co-lead, a diverse cast and is based on historical events truth but also the current positive trend for positive female heroes in Hollywood.
Most of it’s heroes are people that can be identified with. This isn’t a village filled with warriors – these are real people defending what’s theirs and protecting those they love.
It’s dark, brooding and filled with tension. There are no happy endings in the dark ages either… so don’t expect a feel-good ending – but there is light on the way, a few laughs, some romance (real heart) and lots of hope.
Winner – Best Screenplay – The Canadian Cinematography Awards, 2019
Special Festival’s Mention – The Zero degrees Film Festival, 2020
Winner – Best Screenplay – The Monthly Film Festival, 2017
Winner – Best Screenplay – The Christian Film Festival, 2017
Winner – Best Writer – The Christian Film Festival, 2017
Winner – Best Screenplay – Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest, 2017
Winner – Best Screenplay – Global Grit Film Festival, 2017
Winner – Best Screenplay – New York Metropolitan Screenplay Competition 2017
3rd Place – Best Screenplay – Feel The Reel International Film Festival, 2017
Semi-Finalist – Best Screenplay – LA Cinefest, 2017
Bronze award – Best Screenplay – North American Film Awards, 2017
Platinum Award – Best Screenplay – Pinnacle Film Awards, 2017
Finalist – Best Screenplay – LA Cinefest, 2017
Semi-Finalist – Best Screenplay – Las Vegas, Screenplay Contest, 2018
*Plus many other finalist and semi-finalist awards