Royston writer’s screenplay attracts Hollywood interest

Daughter Molly wrote the theme tune for the song.

Daughter Molly wrote the theme tune for the song. - Credit: Archant

She’s directed several performing arts schools in Canada and the UK, created a seven-book crimes series, and co-written and choreographed a musical that was made into a children’s TV series.

Now Royston’s Susan Maylor has added screen-writing to her bow, with a script championed by Cannes Film Festival host Chelsey Baker.

She penned the screenplay for film Next Life with Steve Hough, a man who she met through the Hare Krishna movement.

Steve used to take part in unlicensed fights in the East End of London, and the pair thought his story would make for an interesting backdrop to a new film.

The story tells of how members of the gang he was part of changed into a force for good after experiencing a religious epiphany.

It seems writing and performing runs in the family, as the theme tune for the film – called Puppet Man – was written by Susan’s daughter Molly Fisher, who teaches piano, guitar and singing locally.

The script has already attracted a lot of attention in the film circuit – it has been entered into a competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, and the writers have been in talks with Hollywood actor Tom Hardy, who starred in box office hits Legend and Batman film The Dark Knight Rises and can be seen as both Kray twins in Legend at Royston’s Picture Palace later this month.

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A meeting with a high-profile film producer is also in the pipeline.

A master of writing for different mediums, Susan is also mid-way through editing the second novel of a gritty seven-book crime series called Nathan Turner.

The series follows the adventures of the gay mixed-race undercover operative in the Metropolitan Police.

Her first book in the series, Justice Served Cold, was published in 2011 and is available to buy on Amazon Kindle.

Susan’s reason for writing crime novels is simple – she has always loved to read them.

She said: “We are best as writers if we write what we love.

“You can be a great writer, but it doesn’t work if you are not writing about something you are passionate about. I am a big fan of Agatha Christie. ”

Born in Liverpool, Susan spent a large part of her life in Canada, before moving to Royston for a brief period in the 1990s.

She loved it so much she returned in 2000, and hasn’t looked back since.

She said: “Royston has a lot of potential.

“It has a lot going on. It’s a very creative place.”