CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT with Hetty’s production company Palomino Productions Ltd/ Ingenious Group.
Hooked is an open-ended comedy-drama Television series of 10 episodes, flexible in length, can be either hour or half hour. A sophisticated satire with a dark underbelly, set in Marylebone London present day. A fast-paced and at times madcap comedy-drama, turning a darkly comic eye on the private angst and public meltdowns of our over-stressed society. An irreverent look at addictive personalities, individuals who search for the answer from the outside, creating the need for an ever-greater fix; how wrong they get it and how wrong it goes! However, there is enough space to get inside these characters and feel for them, despite the craziness of their world. We also have the metaphysical element swinging in, two angels, fresh from THE BIG SHLEEP (rehab for the soul), here to help bring enlightenment:- The Shaker 27, our narrator and Angel of The North, a sort of Bronx, bourbon swilling version of the Good Witch from WIZARD OF OZ.
With the pace of GREEN WING… SCHITTS CREEK meets THE SINGING DETECTIVE meets A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. We have already attached a stellar cast of actors to play the leading roles including: Simon Callow, Sir Michael Gambon, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Gaye Brown, Sheila Reid, Simon Shepherd, Daisy Waterstone and Jaye Griffiths. Investment - 15 percent Ingenious Group.
Director: Adrian Shergold. Producer Christopher Milburn- Illustrious Media. Executive producer Hetty Baynes – Russell, Adrian Shergold and Michael Rosenberg (OBE). Script advisor Steven Tiller.
OTHER TV PROJECTS INCLUDE:
DON'T CALL ME DARLING
3 part Television drama series
THE RED SHOES meets THE BLACK SWAN.
A large manor house in Dorset in the mid-fifties, a middle-aged woman, Geraldine Saxmundham, resides there. She has inherited the estate from her parents, former artists and Bloomsbury intelligentsia; William and Hermione, who divide their time between London and the South West coast of Dorset. We see Geraldine first on the balcony of her studio flat from where she can view her estate.
A car, a smudge green Lancia, appears, we see a family emerge: a charismatic man in his fifties, Benson Banks with four children, ranging in age from six to fourteen and then a beautiful brunette comes into view: first a foot, then ankle, leg, rose-clad skirt, the vision is completed by her face - Genevieve. After some hesitation and apparent nervousness Geraldine (Gerry), strides down to meet the new tenants of Domainey Manor, the Banks family - and the die is cast. We traceback through flash back the early lives of Genevieve, in South Africa, an aristocratic Scottish family who buy a silver and zinc farm. This is the 1920’s/30’s and Genevieve is the youngest child. We follow Benson’s early life in Hampstead to publishing parents, when he becomes an apprentice engineer. What follows is a family drama, full of deception, clandestine sexuality and betrayal. The four and Benson Banks are cast aside by the secret romance between
Genevieve and Geraldine. Helena, the fifth child, born a year later, becomes a ballet prodigy who carries the weight and obsession of her mother's lost dreams to become the next Margot Fonteyn. Domainey Manor, is certainly another character in the film, and has a haunting power over Geraldine.
This is a story of its time.
TATTY AND BONO
90 mins, comedy-fantasy film based on the fairy land Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.
TV series thriller, set in the 1950s/2000's London.
BOOKS IN DEVELOPMENT INCLUDE:
CAT FUR AND ASHES: Memoirs.
WINTER NIGHT-BLUE RAIN: Poetry anthology/lyrics.
THE CONSORT: Short Stories
OTHER WRITING CREDITS INCLUDE:
THE INSATIABLE MRS KIRSCH- screenwriter- Film for Ziegler Production’s. director Ken Russell.
Script advisor to Ken Russell for TREASURE ISLAND Tv film for Channel 4; MINDBENDER - feature film; ALICE IN RUSSIA LAND- TV film.
OTHER PRODUCER CREDITS INCLUDE:
3 Audiobooks for Sound Understanding production company with Simon Callow narrating, Hetty producing.
COUNSELS FROM MY HEART by Dudjom Rinpoche- Shambala Publications.
GARLAND OF VIEWS by Padmasambhava and Jamigon Mipham.
MICHAELANGELO GOD'S ARCHITECT by William E. Wallace published by Princeton University Press.
Hetty is a well-known British actress. Her prolific television/ film/theatre/radio career is available to view at www.diamondmanagement.co.uk/actors and IMDB www.imdb.com/name/nm0063158/, at diamond management her acting agent is Lesley Duff. Hetty took her MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College London University (graduated 2015). She also studied BA Philosophy Birkbeck College London University 1986-1990 and BA Fine Art Central St Martins 1999/2000;