Max Kinnings has written feature films, Act of Grace (2012), Alleycats (2016) and The Pagan King (2018) as well as various projects in development including a film adaptation of his critically acclaimed play, Wireless Operator (2019). He is the author of four novels, Hitman (2000), The Fixer (2002), Baptism (2012) and Sacrifice (2013), and the ghost writer of Rik Mayall’s bestselling spoof autobiography, Bigger Than Hitler Better Than Christ (2005). In 2014, he was part of the writing team for the award-winning Sony PlayStation game, Little Big Planet 3. Prior to his writing career, Max spent twelve years devising advertising and marketing campaigns for music festivals, tours, comedy shows and West End theatre productions. He holds a PhD and the title of Reader in Creative Writing at Brunel University London.
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Wireless Operator is the one man play I’ve written with Bob Baldwin and is based on Bob’s father’s experiences in WWII. It tells the story of one terrifying bombing raid over Germany in 1945 from the point of view of the Lancaster’s Wireless Operator who is played by the super-talented, Thomas Dennis. The show is playing to full houses at the Edinburgh Fringe and has received excellent reviews. There are still a few performances to go (if you’re reading this before August 26th 2019). For more details, including the history behind the story and the legacy of PTSD that it explores, please visit the website: https://wirelessoperator.co.uk/
Our first national press review by Dominic Cavendish in The Telegraph (19.08.19) was pleasing (to say the least):
Once the Edinburgh run is complete, we hope to take the play elsewhere and Bob and I will be developing the script into a longer running show, as well as starting the process of adapting it for the screen.
Here’s the preview trailer for The Pagan King, a feature film I’ve been working on for the past two and a half years with Latvian writer and director, Aigars Grauba, of Platforma Film and Cinevilla Studios. Starring Edvin Endre (Vikings, Fortitude) and James Bloor (Dunkirk, Leatherface) the film will receive its world premiere in January 2018.
ALLEYCATS has been selected to be the opening night gala film of the 2016 East End Film Festival on June 23rd. This will be the film’s world premiere. It is an exciting prospect to see the film on the big screen for the first time. It will also be the culmination of five years of writing, rewriting and generally obsessing over the screenplay alongside my co-conspirators, director Ian Bonhôte and producer Andy Ryder.
Making an independent feature film is never easy, particularly one in which the story demands that cyclists hurtle at break-neck speeds through the rush-hour streets of central London. But with the film picked up for international distribution by Universal Pictures and with a theatrical release pencilled in for later in the summer, this fast-paced urban thriller looks all set to be a winner and one with which I am very proud to be involved.
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I first got to know the director, Ian Bonhôte, when we met to discuss working together to develop the screenplay for a feature film idea Ian had, called Alleycats. The premise was intriguing, an action-thriller set against the back-drop of illegal bicycle races through the rush hour streets of central London. I was immediately hooked. I’d lived in London for twenty-five years and thought I knew about most interesting subcultures but the Alleycat Race was something that had passed me by. To create a story set amidst the underground world of Alleycat racing was a fascinating challenge; and to do it alongside someone like Ian, a co-founder of Pulse Films and leading commercial and music promo director who brings his mad Swiss charm and passion to every project he works on, was something I relished. It’s taken a while – as so many good things often do – but I’ve never had any doubt that Ian would get the film made. He’s not a man who’s short on commitment. So here we are, so close to bringing Alleycats to the screen. In order to achieve the very best stunts and action sequences that will recreate the frenetic thrills of genuine Alleycat races, Ian and his co-producer, Andy Ryder of Elephant Gun Films, have launched a Kickstarter campaign. If you’re interested in getting involved in the production of an exciting and genuinely original British action thriller, here’s your chance:
At some point in the future – and I can’t be sure when exactly as the emotions are still raw – I intend to write about my ten year friendship with Rik. Whether it will be a memoir of some sort or something more personal based on the stories and scripts we wrote together, I have no idea. But in the meantime, here’s a short tribute that I was asked to write for Express Magazine at Brunel University where I’ve been involved in the establishment of the Rik Mayall Comedy Genius Award that will be given – occasionally and only when truly deserved – to a student that displays comedy genius in the spirit of the great man himself.
Baptism has received an excellent reception in the US following its publication there in February. Here are some links to trade and blog reviews. Please click on the titles to link to the full reviews. To read David Marshall’s interview with me about the writing of both Baptism and Sacrifice, please see the “Thinking About Books” review below.
Here is a round-up of recent crime/thriller blog reviews for SACRIFICE. Please click on the blog title to link to the full review. If you are a crime/thriller reviewer and would like a review copy of the novel, please email me via the ‘contacts’ page.