To promote and pitch the "Game Day" film, we shot a fictional infomercial set 15 years in the future. It's a party political broadcast by the UK's Neo-Social Party. Staggering economic failure and social inequality has exploded into years of rioting and lawlessness. This party propose a political revolution they promise will restore order to their world... but is their solution a price worth paying?
A drama series I am in the midst of developing mixes the thrill of action in a future world, with fascinating exploration of morality and dualities of people's characters. The protagonist follows a very admirable desire to improve people's lives, but her methods will seriously challenge the audience. It's an exciting concept which evolves through a series of intertwined characters, many of whom face awful decisions. That series is one which begs serious questions about when, or if, the ends can justify the means.
I am also developing another TV series, expanding the world of the "Game Day" short drama. This examines a totalitarian state imposing a radical policy, which has become normalised and effectively accepted by a population in fear of the Government's brutality and power. Here, a more conventional protagonist tries to battle the status quo, with results that prove to be extremely challenging.
My interests are much in line with the increasingly popular gritty styles and character realisms found in the likes of "Game of Thrones" and "The Leftovers". I'm very much drawn to the amoral or morally complex dramas such as "House of Cards", "Walking Dead" and the modern classics, "Breaking Bad" and "Battlestar Galactica" (2004-2008) - all of which were so very effective at questioning ethics within a fantastic thread of action and suspense.
One of my earlier short films, "Father Figure" (directed & co-written by me), considers the very dark issue of child abuse. It explores not so much the vile behaviour itself, but rather how effective the perpetrators can be at masking the truth of their character from even those close to them - a deceit which enables them to continue unhindered.
"Smile" is a quirky concept short film (written & directed by me). It was produced for Virgin Media Shorts and was very well received, attracting some of the highest audiences from visitors to the website.
Another light period drama piece I directed is "The Rivals" (written by Richard Brinsley Sheriden), which is a portion from the humorously convoluted play about chasing the person you want - and ending up with someone else entirely!
I, Chris Roberts, have both written and directed a number of dramas of different genres from populist feel-good films to darker, more challenging subject matters. My CV is viewable here.
The Zodiac serial killer terrorised 1960's San Francisco, threatening to murder school children. He boldly taunted the press with coded clues to his identity. Hollywood's Zodiac film famously unmasks a prime suspect, but we can reveal they got the wrong man. "Real Story of Zodiac" uncovers the truth of what the police discovered - and how they nearly caught the killer, but let him slip away.
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"Game Day" is a science-fiction short film, starring Stephen McGann (known to millions worldwide as series regular, Dr. Turner, in "Call the Midwife"). This tale is set in a future dystopia where a solution to social inequality has been enacted, but with it has come a totalitarianism with shocking brutality.
It’s a saga that inspires a Hollywood blockbuster - how Mark Zuckerberg became the world's youngest billionaire by creating Facebook. But did he steal the idea? Did he betray his best friend to succeed? And how did one man manage to build such an empire? "Real Story of Social Network" reveals the true drama that comes with a genius who's not afraid to be ruthless.
I am particularly drawn to gritty, realist films - such as my most recent project, "Enemy Within" (written & directed by me). I'm fascinated by considerations of morality and the complex contradictions of people's characters and intentions - dualities that echo the realities of life.
"Hitler's Circle of Evil: The Rise of Antisemitism" is a drama-documentary telling the inside story of the secret rivalries behind the scenes of the Nazi party and how these shape the brutal evolution of the Third Reich. This episode begins in 1933, as the Nazis seize power in Germany and follows their infamous reign of terror against the Jews.