After a short-lived spell as an apprentice draughtsman, he studied Art, photography and eventually film at the Bradford College of Art. Worked as a psychiatric nurse, AV technician, civil servant, and professional driver before returning to complete a degree, followed by an MA in Scriptwriting at the Northern School of Film, Leeds Metropolitan University. Has won awards for photography (Creative Camera, Victoria BC) and Scriptwriting (Yorkshire TV/Granada/Tyne Tees TV New Voices ‘The Wedge’).
A full member of the Writer’s Guild (GB)
JJ ANDERSON screen writer credits
SCRIPTS IN DEVELOPMENT:
Buster: a film constructed from the historical record of Buster Keaton’s life, not a full biography, but an insight into the world of one of the film industry’s most independent and creative spirits – told through his family relationships, his lasting friendships with Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle and with his long term collaborators. This is Buster at his best, as he is still revered by film fans and film makers as comedian, gagman, writer, director and technical innovator.
Kinsale: (Irish-American period drama) In 1840s Ireland, two young lovers, Michael and Finn, their families and community face a battle for survival, which takes them thousands of miles across the ocean to the New World and pre-dates ‘Gangs of New York’..
Mountain Meadows: on the 1st of May, 1857, 120 men women and children set out from Arkansas for a new life in California, in one of the largest and richest wagon trains to ever cross the Great Plains. They never made it . Mountain Meadows is the powerful and moving true story of the Fancher Party.
Mild and Bitter: the story of a group of friends living in a small mining community in the Midlands coalfields, set at the end of the 1984/85 Miner’s Strike.
Out of the Clear Blue: a funny/sad/happy story about the re-uniting of a scattered family, in an exhilarating and hectic journey through the Pacific North-West, set in the sixties.
The Boys From The Boyne: a trilogy of films following three generations of an Irish family through the most turbulent years of this century, firstly in the days leading to the Irish Civil War in 1921, then through the outcome of the Civil Rights Movement of 1969, and finally through the effects of these years on recent and likely near-future peace efforts.