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Dubai resident’s script closer to screen

Based on an original idea within the sci-fi or superhero genre, Serenity Now, written by the Dubai resident Alastair Newton Brown, was one of the 40 entries submitted.

Storyboards from Alastair Newton Brown's Serenity Now, which is being produced locally by Attitude. Courtesy Dubai International Film Festival
Storyboards from Alastair Newton Brown's Serenity Now, which is being produced locally by Attitude. Courtesy Dubai International Film Festival

Serenity Now, the winning script in a contest for budding filmmakers launched in summer this year by the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), Attitude Enterprises and the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC), is in pre-production. The contestants had to write a script based on an original idea within the sci-fi or superhero genre.

Serenity Now, written by the Dubai resident Alastair Newton Brown, was one of the 40 entries submitted. Brown’s script was sent to the Hollywood screenwriter Max Landis, who was behind the box office hit Chronicle (2012) and has written the script for the forthcoming thriller Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe.

The short film, being produced locally by Attitude, a leading media production studio, was inspired by a vivid memory of Brown’s university days, where he encountered a “futurist”.

“That idea revolves around the premise that in the future, man and machine would co-evolve in such a way that a new species would emerge,” says Brown. “This new species would want absolute power over human beings. With knowledge comes power, and so that’s the big commodity that all the parties in the story are after.”

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