Max Kinnings is a novelist and screenwriter based in Oxford, England. He is the author of four novels, Hitman (2000), The Fixer (2002), Baptism (2012) and Sacrifice (2013). He was the ghost writer of Rik Mayall’s bestselling spoof autobiography, Bigger Than Hitler Better Than Christ (2005) and was part of the writing team for the award winning Sony PlayStation game, Little Big Planet 3 (2014). As a screenwriter, Max has written feature films, Act of Grace (2012), Alleycats (2016) and The Pagan King (2018) as well as various projects in development including an adaptation of his novel, Baptism. Prior to writing full-time, Max spent twelve years working in the entertainment industry devising advertising and marketing campaigns for music festivals, tours, comedy shows and West End theatre productions. He lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University London where he was recently awarded a PhD.
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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.
Distributed by Universal Pictures, ALLEYCATS is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and on-demand worldwide.
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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.
Click here for further details and here to buy tickets to the premiere.
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.
Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*
“Kinnings (The Fixer) offers keen insights into the psychological ramifications of desperate hostage situations as he ratchets up the tension to near-unbearable levels.”
“A greased-lightning thriller that will doubtless make a perfect summer movie—preferably one to sit through on the hottest day of the year.”
San Francisco Book Review
“Baptism by Max Kinnings is a top class thriller…The author triumphantly carries all before him.”
Thinking About Books
“Baptism proves to be excellent entertainment and well worth reading.”
Here is an interview with yours truly by David Marshall of Thinking About Books.
“The whole book is a great spin on terrorism and the ‘conventional’ perceptions of perpetrators. A real page turner of a book. Action and emotion and adrenaline packed.”
Read Me Deadly
“Kinnings draws compelling psychological portraits of his characters…Riveting; the hours will fly by.”
Please also check out the growing number of four and five star reviews of Baptism on Amazon.com (along with a couple of dodgy ones too!).