A great story well told resonates with viewers all over the world. I create political thrillers about social injustice which have significance for people worldwide.
I have the ultimate respect for screenwriting as a craft so I trained to the highest level on The ProSeries Professional Screenwriting Program delivered by Los Angeles company ScreenwritingU.
Quarterfinalist, Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2016
Synopsis for Cracks In The Ice – inspired by actual events
In 1999, Ryan Turner, a daring New York journalist, haunted by his failure to save a girl from rape and murder during the Rwandan genocide, returns to Africa – this time to war-torn Sierra Leone – in the hope of breaking a society-changing story to purge his guilt. He discovers the corrupt, megalomaniac President of neighboring Liberia is brutalizing Sierra Leone’s population and stealing blood diamonds to fund a major terror attack against the US. To silence Ryan permanently, the President lays a lethal trap by kidnapping his cameraman’s 10-year-old daughter. Ryan must choose between risking his life to save the girl or breaking the story to save his country.
Endorsement of Cracks in The Ice
“Such a powerful and disturbing story. So brutal, heartless and upsetting. But a great story and one certainly worth telling!” – Mark W. Travis, Acting Coach on The Young Messiah; Author of The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks.
Click here to read about more awards for – and endorsements of – Cracks In The Ice.
Scripts In Development
Singing For Survival
For details of this project, click here to contact Fiona Ashe.
The Bank That Broke Ireland
Reckless top executives in a new Irish bank play Russian roulette with the international property market, getting extremely wealthy in the process. But when the property bubble bursts, their gambling costs taxpayers their pensions and savings, drains the State of billions of euro and pushes Ireland close to economic ruin.
Out Of Range
Synopsis for Out Of Range – screenplay adapted from the acclaimed book Out Of Range
Mike Ford, an Irish naval commander – devastated by failed attempts to contact the daughter he gave up for adoption twenty-eight years previously – heads the rescue mission when Al Qaeda bombs an American cruise ship in Irish territorial waters. His long-lost daughter Katelyn, now a US naval diver, is dispatched to aid the rescue. She rejects him outright, but he pursues her onto a helicopter flying to the crippled cruise ship. In appalling weather conditions, it crashes into the freezing ocean. Mike and Katelyn face life-changing choices: will she ever forgive him and will he give his life to save hers?
Endorsement of the acclaimed book Out Of Range
” Self-soaked suspense and intrigue…..a real page turner and superbly well-paced” – Lorna Siggins, Marine Correspondent, The Irish Times.
“As an international multi-award winning writer supported solely through my efforts in the screen industry, I am acutely aware that when my script or treatment lands on the desk of a funding body or investor it has but one shot. Therefore, to give it the best possible chance, I pass it through the filter of insightfulness, creativity and keen intelligence that is Fiona Ashe. Without reserve, I recommend her to any position where her formidable talents in script editing and analysis can be called upon” – Declan Cassidy, writer/director of Whatever Turns You On.
Fiona Ashe – Screenwriting & Script Editing Training/Experience
- Graduate of The ProSeries Professional Screenwriting Program, Los Angeles.
- Graduate of The Professional Rewrite Class, Los Angeles.
- Screenwriting Masterclasses taught by Robert Towne, Chinatown and Paul Schrader, Taxi Driver.
- Graduate of BBC Script Editing, London.
- Graduate of Script Reading Training, The Script Factory (UK) / Northern Ireland Screen.
- Employed as a (part-time) Script Reader, Northern Ireland Screen (2013–14)
- Book Editor of 31 Years of Hell! – a concise history of the two world wars and the interwar years (2016)
To option or collaborate on a screenplay, or to engage my script editing skills to help elevate your screenplay, click here to contact me.