Guy Bolton

Screenwriter

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Sean Gascoine
Associate Agent: Amy Sparks

Film, TV & Theatre

Guy Bolton lives in London. After graduating with a 1st in Film & Literature from Warwick University, he worked in corporate video, music promos and television.

ITV Studios, Tiger Aspect and Hat Trick are among the production companies who have optioned Guy's work. He's developing these projects for broadcasters as well as building a slate of spec projects and pitches for Film and Television.

Guy's first novel THE PICTURES, a detective thriller set in 1930s Hollywood, was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger award and was listed as one of the top 10 crime books of 2017 by the Telegraph, The Times and the Mail on Sunday. The sequel, THE SYNDICATE, has just been released and is already recieving wonderful reviews. 

 

Praise for THE SYNDICATE

‘Terrific follow-up to last year's The Pictures. The powerful writing and masterful plotting carry a reminder of Chandler.’  Sunday Times

‘Bolton’s excellent novels are not just skilful evocations of the era but have a genuine darkness at their heart… Bolton manages to convey something of the redemptive magic of the movie business, despite the misery he shows it to have entailed.’ Telegraph

‘Guy Bolton’s enthusiasm for 1940s Hollywood and Las Vegas matches that of a vintage novelist. His debut, The Pictures, was an incisive noir thriller set in this milieu, and The Syndicate is just as good. The unravelling of a connection between Hollywood and the criminal world is adroitly done, and the period language never sounds a false note.’  The Guardian

 ‘A razor-sharp evocation of the links between the movies and the mob and cements Bolton’s promise as a master of vintage Hollywood noir.’  Daily Mail      

‘This excellent sequel moves the action forward to 1947 and the real-life murder of Bugsy Siegel… Brilliantly taut and atmospheric.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Bolton’s evocation of the period and its many real-life characters is perfect and sharply drawn, and I can only think of James Ellroy or Max Allan Collins, both US authors, who have equalled Bolton’s feel for the atmosphere and mood of crooked Hollywood… A total success.’ Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time

 

Praise for THE PICTURES

'An astonishingly accomplished debut.' Daily Mail

‘A splendid read…handled with great skill…[Bolton] paints a portrait of the period with a confidence usually reserved for old survivors.’ The Times

'[A] laser-sharp noir thriller…. vividly evokes a vanished era while delivering a tale as mesmerising as any of the great movies of his chosen period.’ Financial Times / Crimetime

‘Brilliantly atmospheric and compelling.’ Mail on Sunday

'Riveting and absorbing.... It is no coincidence that you are put in mind of some of the greats of hardboiled writing with this first-rate vibrant story.' Shots Magazine

‘A flawed hero and a fascinating background & times make for a great read.’ Maxim Jakubowski, Lovereading

‘A skilfully written, atmospheric tale.’ Literary Review

In Development

ProductionCompanyNotes

THE CROUPIER

Lookout Point

TV Series

BRIEFS

2017

Tall Story Pictures / ITV Studios

TV
Female-led legal/crime series.

MURDERBALL

2015

Tiger Aspect

Under Option & in Development

LOW RIDER

2014

Bedlam Films

Feature Film
Co-Written with Campbell X

KINGPIN

2013

Tidy Productions

Under Option

G.P.

2013

Tiger Aspect

Under Option & in Development

BOBBIES

2013

Hat Trick

Comedy pilot

THE ESCAPISTS

Spec

1x60 pilot set in a WW II POW camp

BROKERS

Spec

1x60 pilot about 80s stockbrokers working in the City

TRACERS

Spec

1x60 pilot about a team of private investigators who track down missing people

HEAVENLY MONEY

Stealth Films

Television Series