Author, screenwriter, public speaker
All content © Dougie Brimson 2021
16 April 2021 - Things are moving fast at the moment as we look to get deals done on various projects but whilst I can't say much about those at the moment, I am proud to tell you that I've just signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of Red Bus Movies with the undertaking that we'll employ as many veterans as possible on all future film and TV projects. Both behind and in front of camera.
Per ardua ad astra.
27 March 2021 - Following the launch of Red Bus Movies, I'm thrilled to announce my first two projects: the comedy movie The Gentle Sex and the hi-concept TV thriller, The 45th.
More news as and when!
I'm also delighted to announce that In The Know was recently #1 on Amazons political thriller chart. Not bad at all!
23 February 2021 - I'm delighted to announce that after years of pondering, I've finally taken the plunge and set up my own film and TV production company. Red Bus Movies will focus initially on supporting projects already in development but after that, who knows.
It's all very exciting and all being well, I'll be able to announce details of our first project very soon.
16 February 2021 - This is a little teaser from the storyboard of my latest project. Watch this space...
12 January 2021 - I recently gave an interview to writing blogger Conor Bredin and kind of let loose!
So if you want my opinions on publishing, indiebooks, indiebookshops, screenwriting, working class writers, literary snobbery and finding your readership, this is the place. No punches pulled!
Could I also say a huge thanks to everyone who has sent me kind words about In The Know I appreciate every single one!
24 December 2020 - I think it's safe to say that it has been a chaotic, if not downright crazy year that for many has been endured rather than enjoyed.
Personally, whilst it's had its negative moments, the end of my lifelong obsession with Watford Football Club being one, these have been beaten down by the positives. The release of In The Know being one and of course, the arrival of my new grandson, Albie, another.
Despite the best efforts of the virus, the political parties and the odd moron, 2021 is already shaping up quite nicely and there will be at least one, possibly two new books as well as, hopefully, some more progress on the film front. Indeed, even as I'm writing this I'm supposed to rewriting something for Netflix and will be doing exactly throughout over holidays.
So I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year.
Onwards and upwards!
13 November 2020 - I'm currently running a competiion on social media to have a character named after you in my next book. Full details can be found at the Billy Evans Trilogy Facebook page.
I've also taken the decision on my next book! Like the thriller I'm just finishing off it'll be based on a script I've written that's currently being pitched both here and in the US. This one will be more of a comedy drama though.
More news as and when.
Finally, thanks to everyone who has brought and reviewed In The Know All the kind words are greatly appreciated (and yes, there may be another Billy Evans book after all!).
21 September 2020 - As In The Know continues to roll out and attract more 5* reviews, I've been giving a few online interviews to various podcasts. Here are a few of them if you fancy a listen.
07 September 2020 - Apologies for the lack of updates recently but a house move and the usual work chaos forced a shift of priorities. Thankfully, things are back to something approaching normal.
First, could I thank everyone who has brought In The Know and especially those who have taken the trouble to review it. It's humbling to have so many great things said about your work by so many people and believe me when I tell you that each and every one makes a huge difference.
Second, I am stunned to announce that I am a finalist in the 2020 English Veteran of the Year competition. The award ceremony is in October and whilst I can't for one second imagine that I'll win, I'm humbled to have made it to the final four of my category. Should be a great evening.
Finally, I am thrilled to announce the arrival of my latest grandson. He arrived on the 4th and is a little cracker.
That's it for now. More news as and when.
09 July 2020 - All being well, I'll have some good news for my Russian readers within the next couple of weeks regarding In The Know.
On the subject of which, thanks to everyone who has brought it so far and left reviews on Amazon and other book related sites. Every single one is important so if you have read it and not left a review, please do so.
I can also announce that the audiobook version of In The Know is now out to download and apparently, it's quite brilliant. You can download it by clicking here.
14 May 2020 - In The Know is published today. The third book in the Billy Evans trilogy, it features everything from bent coppers to gratuitous violence which makes it pretty much the perfect read!
Available in paperback and ebook format, it will soon be published as an audiobook although I wouldn't recommend listening to it in the car!
Please click on the link to order, if you haven't already and can I take the opportunity to remind all my readers that your reviews are vital! So don't be frightened, post your thoughts on Amazon, Facebook and/or Twitter and help get the word a out.
If you do that, I might write you another one!
16 April 2020 - To show my support to all NHS staff, keyworkers and military personal on active duty, I'm currently offering to send them free ebooks off my backlist. In the first 48 hours, I've sent out almost 250 which is fantastic but I'm happy to send out more so if you fancy one, please send me an email address and I'll send you the files. All you'll need is a kindle or the relevant app to read them on your device.
06 April 2020 - My publishers, Caffeine Nights, are currently offering £2 off the pre-order price and free shipping for the paperback edition of In The Know. That's even cheaper than Amazon and if you're really lucky, you might get it early! ;-)
Just click here to be taken to their page!
12 March 2020 - If all goes to plan, I should be able to pass on news of some new projects over the next week or so including one item that will hopefully cause something of a shockwave!
In the meantime, In The Know is rapidly approaching publication so if you fancy it, please pre-order via the links below.
26 January 2020 - My new novel, In The Know. The third book in the The Crew/Top Dog trology, will be released in May in paperback, ebook and audiobook format in May.
You can pre-order it by clicking on either of these links (and I hope you will as it's a big deal to us authors)'
In The Know - Paperback
In The Know...Revenge is a dish best served quickly. The third and most explosive book yet in the most successful hooligan thriller series ever written.
It’s been over a decade since gang leader Billy Evans stepped away from his life on the wrong side of the law to mourn the murder of his beloved wife.
Yet when he is hit by a second tragedy, his first thoughts are not of more loss, but of revenge. Violent, bloody revenge.
However, even before he can make his first move, Billy is presented with an alternative method of extracting vengeance. One so intriguing that he quickly finds his past passion for organised violence reinvigorated.
And as Britain heads toward a future defined by Brexit and the political right wing, he realises that he’s stumbled upon the opportunity he’s been waiting for. The chance to wield genuine power within the very establishment he's fought his entire life.
The only question is, will he be allowed to survive long enough to grab it.
17 January 2020 - I'm delighted to reveal the cover for my new novel, In The Know. The third book in the The Crew/Top Dog trology, it will be released in paperback, ebook and audiobook format in May. It's a cracker, if I say so myself!
18 November 2019 - I'm thrilled to announce that my new novel, In The Know, will be released by Caffeine Nights publishing in May 2020. The third book in the Billy Evans crime trilogy, it's a stonker of a read, if I say so myself. More news as and when. 😎
15 October 2019 - Lots of interesting things going on at the moment but they're all kind of hush-hush.
However, all being well I'll be able to announce publication details for In The Know, the sequel to Top Dog, within a few days as well as information on my next book and another exciting development.
Watch this space!
26 September 2019 - An hours worth of chat about writing, publishing, social media and even Brexit.
29 August 2019 - I'm delighted to announce that my novel Top Dog is published in Croatia today. Further details can be found here. vflibris.hr/glavna-faca/
Nice cover too!
27 July 2019 - My new novel is finished and currently being edited. It's been a long time coming but hopefuly, the third book in the Billy Evans trilogy will be worth the wait!
In other news, I have just concluded a deal for the film rights to Wings of a Sparrow. More details as and when.
18 June 2019 - After almost 8 years since its release as an ebook and almost 20 since it was first released in paperback, my very first novel, The Crew, is still sitting pretty at #1 on Amazon.
A huge thank you to everyone who continue to support both this book and the sequel, Top Dog. It really is a humbling experience to know that so many people have taken to the central character, Billy Evans, even though he is a proper villain.
On which note, the third book in the trilogy will be out later this year.
And yes, that is another of my titles, Everywhere We go, at #2.
17 May 2019 - I've recorded a few interviews for various media outlets lately. Here's one of the first and in all honesty, one of the interviews I've enjoyed most since I started writing.
It was recorded for BBC Three Counties Radio. Hope you enjoy it.
22 April 2019 - Twenty five years ago today was my final day in the RAF after over 18 years in uniform.
I left with no real idea of what I wanted to do but somehow fell into a career as a writer. And what a journey it's been since!
10 March 2019 - My first novel, The Crew, has now sat atop its Amazon chart for over 7 and a half YEARS! That makes it almost certainly the most successful football thriller of all time. Not bad, if I say so myself.
01 March 2019 - Big news coming soon!
19 January 2019 - I think it's safe to say that 2019 has started off with something of a bang given that I've sold not one, but two scripts in the first two weeks of the year.
Announcments on both will be forthcoming soon but what I can tell you is that one has been optioned by a producer with a BAFTA nomination on their resume and at the helm will be a multi-award winning director.
Very exciting times, and there's more to come!
25 December 2018 - I'd just like to take a moment to wish everyone a happy Christmas and to thank you all for your support during 2018.
Whilst I haven't actually produced anything tangible, I've written three scripts (two of which are already heading for production) and am well over half way on the third book in The Crew/Top Dog trilogy.
2019 is going to be one for the books.
06 December 2018 - Just to announce that my next book should be published sometime in the spring.
16 October 2018 - First production meeting on a brand new movie project tomorrow. All being well, I'll be able to announce further news on this in the new year. .
Work is also continuing apace on the sequel to Top Dog which I'm hoping to publish early next year.
18 August 2018 - Apologies for being missing in action but I've been working flat out on packaging various film and TV projects all of which have now been sent out to production companies so I can breath a little.
More news as and when!
28 June 2018 - Just to let everyone know that my latest screenplay has been sent off for evaluation but rather than sit back and chew my nails, I'll be diving straight into work on another script, this time for TV.
It's another huge change of genre and takes me back into the world of violence, this time with a military theme so I'm very excited about it.
Watch this space!
02 June 2018 - In case anyone was under the misapprehension that I'd retired, I thought it prudent to provide a brief update on some of the things I'm currently working on.
Screenwriting wise, my thriller, Three Greens is currently with a major studio in the US who are appearently very keen whilst my comedy drama, Pizza & Miracles is currently being packaged and should go out to all and sundry this week. Meanwhile, work on my latest script -which is top secret- is progressing very well and all being well, a first draft should be complete by friday.
In addition, work on the sequel to Top Dog is also going well and I already have publisher interest which is always good!
09 April 2018 - Just by way of a bit of a teaser, in between working on the new book, I've begun work on a new script. All I can say for now is that it's a comedy and that it has absolutely nothing to do with either football or lads!
21 March 2018 - I just posted a nice new blog post about the Football Lads Alliance march in Birmingham this weekend! Click here to read.
17 January 2018 - I just had my first article published by The Football Collective. If you fancy a read, click here!
Oh, and after a great deal of thought, I turned down the offer mentioned in the last entry. I just couldn't get excited enough about it to see it working.
21 November 2017 - After a fair bit of work on the pitch document, Pizza & Miracles has now been sent out to various production companies across the US so it's now in the lap of the gods. Although given both the subject matter and the way it's unfolded thus far, we're already on pretty solid ground!
In other news, work is progressing nicely on the third book in the The Crew/Top Dog trilogy and I can assure you that it's going to be a controversail and extremely relevant read.
I've also been offered the opportunity to adapt what has become something of a cult football book into a screenplay. To be honest, I'm not sure I want to do it as yet but it is certainly flattering to have been asked.
The second I decide, I'll let you know all the details.
06 November 2017 - I am quite frankly embarrased at my maintenance of this news page of late and have absolutely no excuse other than to tell you that I have been working flat out developing a new script with a chap called Paul Woolf.
Entitled Pizza and Miracles, it's a huge departure from my normal stuff in that it's not even particularly 'blokey' but it's been a joy to work on and is, I think. something really special.
We've just about got it to a decent state now and it may well be that it'll be out into the development pool from tomorrow. So with that out of the way I'll be stepping back into the world of books with the sequels to both Billy's Log and Top Dog to finish. Although as always, that's subject to change!
In other news, we have made huge progress with Three Greens but more of that when the deals are signed and sealed!
More as I when..... I promise!
19 August 2017 - Lots of nice new Amazon reviews appearing for my books lately, the majority of which are 5* which is always nice. If you have read one of my titles and not left a review, o
please take a few moments to do so. They all help!
Lots of news on various projects coming soon so please keep watching either this space of my Facebook page!
22 July 2017 - As work continues on the sequel to Billy's Log, I've been posting extracts in the form of a real time blog to see what people think.
The response so far has been excellent so please feel free to take a look by visiting Billy's Blog. And feel free to comment, share and spread the word!
I've also been working hard on sorting out my authors page on Goodreads so if you're a user of this amazing reading resource, please feel free to visit my page by clicking here.
And again, likes and reviews of my books are always welcome!
July 2017 - My first four titles, Everywhere We Go, England My England, Capital Punishment and Derby Days are now available for under £6! Just click here to take you to the Amazon link.
In other news... I've just finished work on another screenplay for a London based producer and will begin work this week on another film for a major distributor. I'm actually very excited about this for reasons which will become obvious as soon as we announce it.
31 May 2017 - Just has the 266th Amazon 5* review for THE CREW.
Amazingly, it's still at #1 on it's chart 6 years after its release and it's still free to download.
20 April 2017 - Latest news on a couple of things: Three Greens is heading rapidly toward production with new members being added to the creative team as we speak.
I am also delighted to announce that the new feature film project mentioned below has now been greenlit and is also heading for production with casting currently underway.
For reasons that will become obvious in the fullness of time, I can't say much about this new project at the moment other than to say that it will certainly cause a stir or two!
Watch this space!
06 February 2017 - A brief update on a couple of the projects I've been working on over the last few weeks.
A firm offer has been made to a Hollywood A-lister for the lead in Three Greens (see below) which, if he signs, will secure our budget (and some!) and kick the production process into gear.
Plans are also in the mix for a new project which will hopefully get the green light within the next two weeks. I can't say anything about that at the moment other than I'm extremely excited!
On the book front, Billy's Log 2 is all but finished now so should be out and about in a fairly short space of time
More news as and when.
15 December 2016 - I am thrilled to be able to show you the artwork for my next film, Three Greens.
To be directed by Ali Sade, it's a reworking of the classic ‘The league of Gentlemen’ and tells the story of a group of ex-servicemen who steal 30 million Euro’s from a commercial flight.
Casting of the principal roles is currently underway and I'll pass on more details as and when I'm able.
2 November 2016 - I am honoured to announce that aside from being signed to the Speaker Seeker agency, I have also been signed to School Speakers whose title is pretty self-explanatory. So, if you would like someone to come and talk at your school or college, please click here.
In other news, we are now actively casting the leads in one of the films I have in development so all being well, I'll be able to pass on details of that fairly soon.
13 October 2016 - I'm delighted to announce that I've been signed to Speaker Seeker. A new agency providing motovational and public speakers.
More details can be found by clicking here.
3 October 2016 - I'm hoping that later this week, I'll be able to pass on news of a new opportunity that's opened up for me on the speaker front.
In the meantime, please click on the link to take a look at a blog I submitted to the Stage32 film website.
12 August 2016 - I've just added a number of testimonials to my public speaking page so huge thanks to those people who provided them.
If you need someone to speak at an event of any kind, please don't hesitate to give me a shout.
30 July 2016 - Just a brief update on a couple of things: I'm happy to tell you that work on the sequel to Billy's Log 2 is continuing apace and I have to say, it's looking brilliant. I'm also delighted to pass on news that development of my next feature, Thee Greens is progressing well whilst another feature has attracted interest from one of the major industry players and is currently under discussion.
I have also just completed work on my first television pitch and that will start going out to production companies via my agent this coming week. It's a supernatural thriller so is something very different for me however, feedback thus far has been extremely positive so fingers crossed!
Finally, I spent yesterday in the company of Brad Burton, the UK's #1 motivational speaker and to say it was inspiring was an understatement.
If you run a small business or need help with public speaking, this is the guy to speak to. I guarantee he will help you both build and develop. Incredible stuff.
9 July 2016 - Apologies for the lack of any updates lately but I've been working flat out on a new script. It's something very different and takes me in an entirely new direction but it's proving to be great fun so fingers crossed.
Work on this script was one of the reasons why I did so few interviews about the violence which took place during EURO 2016, well that and I am sick and tired of saying the same things I've been saying since Euro 96. However, I did do some work for Russian TV and one of those interviews can be found here.
In other news, the development of Three Greens is continuing apace. More news soon!
15 April 2016 - I’m more than a little delighted to finally announce that my next movie project will be a medium budget crime thriller entitled Three Greens.
Development of the script, which deals with a group of ex-servicemen who set out to commit an audacious robbery, is currently underway with a production deal secured with the British independent, M Films.
That’s all your getting for now but further details will be released over the next couple of weeks.
01 April 2016 - After a very early morning Skype call, I can finally confirm that following months of discussion, Green Street 4 has been green lit.
Ten years after the release of the original, GS4 will be tagged ‘In the Know’ and will focus on one of the central characters who finds himself reluctantly dragged back into the world of football violence and the GSE.
I am currently working flat out on the script but other than that, the only thing I can tell you is that this will not be another low-budget cash-in on the Green Street name, but will instead be the real deal featuring a number of the original cast and a sizeable budget.
Watch this space. (this was an April Fools joke)
21 March 2016 - Big news coming soon!
14 March 2016 - I recently visited the Everton FC Free School to talk to students about all kinds of things from writing to life in the forces. Thanks to their kindness, it was a brilliant day and hopefully, I'll be back soon. More here: www.evertonfc.com/community/news/2016/03/14
22 February 2016 - As some people are aware, I am one of a number of people involved in a legal dispute with Jonathan Sothcott, the producer of Top Dog.
I won’t go into details here as it’s now a matter for both HMRC and the police who have already interviewed him in connection with our allegations. However, what can tell you is that both Top Dog Films Ltd and We Still Kill The Old Way Ltd, have recently been wound up on account of unpaid invoices. As a consequence of this, aside from going through the financial records of both companies with a fine toothcoomb, the investigator for the Official Receiver has contacted me and requested that anyone remaining unpaid for work on Top Dog, We Still Kill or for that matter, any film made by one of Jonathan Sothcott’s companies, contact him direct as a matter of urgency.
His details are: Andrew Beckett, Official Receivers Office, The Insolvency Service (London), 2nd Floor, Abbey Orchard Street, London, SW1P 2HT .
Tel: 0207 637 6337 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 January 2016 - How I write: Motivation
01 January 2016 - Could I wish everyone a happy and prosperous start to 2016.
The last few months have been all about getting things in shape for the coming 12 months so work can now begin on bringing them to fruition. Watch this space!
30 October 2015 - 25 Things I've learned in 20 years as a professional writer.
26 October 2015 - l've achieved something of an ambition today by being featured in the Royal Air Force newspaper. Sadly, it's not online but here's a little taster (apologies for the rubbish photo!).
18 September 2015 - All being well, I'll be able to annouce details of my next feature film very soon.
I can't say much about the plot other than that it's based around the subject of military veterans but it is fair to say that I think it's quite possibly the best thing I've ever written. In terms of the actualy production, we have a household name currently gearing up to direct it and some of the most experienced producers in the UK firmly attached. After the diffculties experienced with both Top Dog and We Still Kill The Odd Way, its making a welcome change to work with genuine and honest professionals.
Speaking of which, I know that plenty of people are aware of the ongoing situation with regard to my previous two films and I'm delighted to say that this is rapidly approaching the stage where we'll be able to go public with what is being investigated. It's actually turned out to be far more complicated than we had previously imagined -and certainly involves more people- but in many ways, that's made it all the more satisfying for those of us who have been gathering evidence. I know the police are certainly enjoying it!
On which note, if you are either cast or crew and are still awaiting an overdue payment for work on any production, can I urge you to contact your union. Both Equity and BECTU are determined to stamp out the practice of non-payment but they can only do it with your help.
However, if the outstanding debt is in any way linked to Top Dog, We Still Kill The Old Way, Assassin or Reign of the General, please let me know.
19 July 2015 - Apologies for the lack of any updates recently but... well, suffice to say that I've been working my various parts off on rewrites of two scripts as well as trying to find time to work on a new novel.
Aside from that, progress on various projects has been slow but steady with one currently being financed and another just sent out to various production companies. A third script will hopefully be leaving my agents offices in the very near future.
Watch this space.
24 May 2015 - I'm in one of those extremingly frustrating periods where there's a lot happening but it's nothing I can tell anyone about. Or to put it another way, I've done my bit and am now waiting for other people to make decisions which is my very least favourite thing in the whole creative process.
Hopefully, this will all start to change soon and I'll be able to make some announcements but in the meantime, I'm continuing work on In The Know which is the third installment of the Billy Evans trilogy.
I've also pumped out the odd blog, the latest of which relates to one of the projects I've been working on. So if you fancy a read, just click here!
22 April 2015 - I'm delighted to announed that my book Rebellion is now available in ebook format.
First published in 2006, it examines the history of some of the more famous fan protests at clubs including Charltson, Wimbledon, Manchester United, Manchester City, Brighton, Norwich and many more.
Please click on the link for further details.
20 March 2015 - Apologies for the lack of any updates recently but I've been a bit consumed by a couple of projects and a few things have been allowed to slide, my website being one.
So, to catch up: We have now attached a director to Wings of a Sparrow which, as I mentioned in my last update, has been optioned by Trebuchet Film Poductions. I'll announce his name as soon as I'm allowed but what I will say is that I'm genuinely thrilled to be working with this guy as he's extremely talented and I know is going to do an awesome job.
I can also announce that a second movie project is tettering on the edge of being green lit. Sadly, I can't say anything much about it at the moment other than to say that it's totally different from anything I've written before. However, to say that I'm excited is an understatment not least because of who is attached to direct it. But more of all that nearer the time.
On the book front, as I tweeted last week I'm currently working on the third installment of the Billy Evans trilogy. Entitled In The Know it will pick up where Top Dog finished and is much darker than the previous two books. All being well, it'll hit the shelves (and the kindles) in July.
Away from books and films and onto something much more serious, last week I spent some time with a group from the Bravo 22 veterans theatre project. If you want to know more about who they are and what they do, please click on the link but to say what's going on there is inspirational doesn't do it justice.
This coming week (26th-28th), they're be putting on a play called Contact at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury and if you can, please get along to see it. It's going to be quite something and is for a great cause.
Finally, just a reminder that We Still Kill The Old Way has been nominated for a raft of awards including Best Action Film at the Action Elite Awards so if you could find the time to click on the link and give a vote or two, that'd be great!
News of another option deal for a new script will hopefully be released within the next two weeks.
I'm also thrilled to announce that aside from Top Dog being nominated for Best feature at the NFA's in March, We Still Kill The Old Way has been nominated for a raft of awards including Best Action Film at the Action Elite Awards.
16 January 2015 - Well, a new year is underway and it's been fairly chaotic so far with work on two projects continuing apace. News of these will be released shortly with one sure to cause something of a stir!
As you may know, We Still Kill The Old Way has now been released and is receiving decent reviews although for various reasons, I haven't seen it yet. Hopefully, I'll be able to remedy that soon.
29 November 2014 - Huge apologies for the lack of work on this site recently. I've been buried under half a dozen different movie projects and they have obviously had to take priority.
All being well, at least one, if not two of these are heading rapidly toward production and if all goes to plan, I'll be able to pass on news before the end of the year. So please, watch this space!
In the meantime, We Still Kill The Old Way is heading rapidly toward its release date of 26th December so please click on the link above for more details.
26 August 2014 - Just a quick update to let you know that the release of the audiobook version of Top Dog is imminent!
I'll pass on details of that as and when I can as well as news of the release of We Still Kill The Old Way and all being well, some information on not one, not two but THREE film projects.
6 August 2014 - Sorry for the lack of updates but I've been snowed under with work on another project news of which, I'm hoping to be able to pass on soon. In the meantime, I'm happy to be able to tell you that my book Rebellionwill soon be released in ebook format. I'm really pleased about this as it's one of my favourite books and has as much relevance now as it ever did. I can also announce that an audio version of Top Dog will also be released in the very near future.
11 May 2014 - Well, if you didn't know it already, Top Dog won best feature at the British Independent Film Festival last night and on top of that, Leo, Ricci and Lorraine took home the best actor, best supporting actor and best actress awards respectively.
You don't need me to tell you that's a massive deal not only for the three of them, but for the movie as a whole and I would personally like to thank everyone involved, be they cast or crew, for all their amazing work. Hopefully, there's more to come!