FILM & TV
Ewan Morrison's film and TV projects tends to focus on the subjects of the modern family, cults, idealism and extremism. Morrison’s Saltire Fiction Prize winning novel Nina X (2019) is being adapted as a feature film with David Mackenzie, the director of Academy Award nominated film Hell or High Water (2016), with Morrison as scriptwriter.
Morrison's highly praised novel How to Survive Everything (Contraband, Harper Perennial) has been optioned by Australian/US film and TV production company Made Up Stories, with Fifth Season and Kindling Pictures. It is being developed as a seven part returnable TV drama series. The acquisition was announced in DEADLINE in Nov, 2022.
AMERICAN BLACKOUT. 2013
What if the Doomsday Preppers were right all along? Hacking into urban infrastructures isn't science fiction anymore. A 90-minute docu-drama, American Blackout reveals in gritty detail the impact of what happens when a cyber attack on the United States takes down the power grid. This dramatization is presented in a documentary style that calls into question many of the safeguards the US has in place and how effective they would be.
Created for National Geographic, in conjunction with the TV series Doomsday Preppers, the docu-drama was written by Ewan Morrison and Emily Ballou, with Jonathan Rudd directing. The film fuses archival research with dramatic sections and was put together with research from numerous 'departments of Collapse Studies' in the US along with specialists in government 'crisis agencies' and NGOs.
American Blackout was discussed in US congress and has ended up on many 'Top Survival films of all time' lists, as part of the Survivalist/Prepper canon. It is also regularly discussed on Prepper podcasts and vlogs.
SWUNG was released in cinemas and on VOD in December 2015.
"Original, thoughtful & bold". 4 stars.
"Sexy Smart and Stylish"
"A gripping modern day love story. Nothing short of brilliant." 4 stars.
"...a serious film about the contemporary swinging scene...touching and funny"
"Smart sexy stuff"
"Sleek, funny and honest" 4 stars.
A Sigma Films feature film production (Starred Up, Under The Skin) based on the best selling novel by award-winning author Ewan Morrison, Swung is a graphic, touching and funny romance that delves deep into the secret underside of the modern swinging lifestyle. Starring Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Owen McDonnell (Made in Belfast) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Swung was nominated for four International Awards..
David’s life is on the slide: he’s in the middle of a divorce, broke and ‘can’t get it up’. His girlfriend, Alice, is his rock, but the magazine she writes for is going down and the pressure is on to find a story. While job hunting online, David stumbles across the perfect antidote to his boredom: a ‘Swingers’ site.
The resulting inbox of lewd invitations on the home-laptop justifiably upsets Alice, until she realises this could be just the ‘story’ she needs. The idea of uncovering the swinging scene causes quite a stir in Alice’s office and, much to David’s chagrin, she is urged to pursue the story. Their first reluctant foray is an hysterically low-rent initiation, however, an unexpected upturn for David’s manhood is all the extra encouragement they need.
As events accelerate beyond their control the once adoring couple become lost and fundamental questions are asked of their relationship and them as individuals. In darkness, touched by many others, they will have to find themselves…
NONE OF THE ABOVE - short film
Watch entire film here. Short drama. None of the Above (2018). 16 minutes.
Short film about online dating & cyber bullying.
Cassie - A vlogger - embarks on a public dating odyssey, but when online approval turns to derision, Cassie’s life falls apart with real-world consequences.
Starring Holli Dempsey. Script by Ewan Morrison Based on the short story by Morrison. Directed by Siri Rodnes Arpeggio Pictures
WARNING: This film contains fictional scenes that some viewers may find distressing.