Ewen’s recent television commissions include drama A Sign of Things, which was produced as part of RTE’s Storyland programme, Living with the Dempseys (BBC NI), which he co-created and co-wrote with Roanne Bardsley, and Sang Toon, Ewen’s original Ulster-Scots murder mystery series. For film, Ewen wrote the screenplay and co-wrote the story for Little Kingdom which had its European release in 2019. Previously, he co-wrote the award-winning film Lies We Tell starring Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel and Gina McKee (UK/US theatrical release February 2018) and co-wrote the feature Basement.
Born and raised in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, Ewen studied Film and English at Stirling University. After graduating, he began writing for the theatre before moving on to short films and the screen. After working on Hollyoaks as a storyliner, Ewen now lectures on scriptwriting at the University of Lincoln as well as working as a screenwriter. He is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and Irish Film & TV Academy.
|A Sign of Things||Lacada / RTE
Writer of the original drama commissioned for RTE’s Storyland programme.
1 x 20 minute episode
|Television (in development):|
|Living with the Dempseys||BBC NI
Co-creator and co-writer (along with Roanne Bardsley) of an original drama pilot commissioned by BBC NI .
1 x 60 minute script commissioned
|Sang Toon||USBF / BBC NI
Creator and writer of this original Ulster-Scots murder mystery series.
3 x 30 minute scripts commissioned
|Na Craggies||Abú Media
Co-creator and co-writer (along with Dathaí Keane) of an original drama series in funded development.
6 x 30 minute scripts commissioned
|The Reinvention||A young woman on the cusp of adulthood finds out that her whole life is a lie.
(Spec script for a returning drama series)
|Feature Film (released):|
Writer of the screenplay and co-creator of the story for this feature. Its European release was in November 2019.
|Lies we Tell||Bradford International Film Associates
Co-writer of the screenplay based on the director’s story for this feature starring Gabriel Byrne, Gina McKee and Harvey Keitel. UK/US theatrical release February 2018.
International Film Festival of Wales: Winner – Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Actress & Best Supporting Actor.
Winner of further awards at: Nottingham Film Festival, South London IFF and Jaipur IFF.
Co-writer of the feature starring Danny Dyer, Jimi Mistry and Kierston Wareing.
|Previously in development:|
|Overhead||Feature thriller developed by Northern Ireland Screen. Further development supported by Slovak Audiovisual Fund.|
|The Gentle Rise and Fall||Drama developed by screen agency, Northern Ireland Screen.|
|Professional training and achievements:|
|Finalist for the New Voices Awards (Edinburgh TV Festival) – Debut Writer, 2018|
|Selected for Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab|
|Stirling University, BA in Film and English|