Simon Fantauzzo

Screenwriter


Simon’s debut feature City Rats was part of the ‘official selection’ at the Slamdance Film Festival, grossed £1.5m and was one of the first independent films released on Blu-Ray. It was also the first collaboration between Simon and Ray Panthaki, whose fruitful relationship has continued to grow as they’ve now collaborated on four projects, with more to come.

Convenience, Simon’s second feature, a comedy about two bumbling robbers who end up doing the night shift in a newsagent debuted at the Raindance Film Festival, and starred Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions & Enola Holmes) Anthony Head, and the late Verne Troyer. The film became a cult hit, garnering many positive reviews, including from Empire Magazine who called it "A wonderfully odd assortment of characters assail the central trio, though no one can eclipse Four Lions star Akhtar – a complete, hilarious delight as a dimly amiable man who proves that while it’s good to be clever, it’s better to be kind.” Giving the film ****

His third feature, Estranged, stars Amy Manson and James Cosmo, and was produced by the team behind The Paranormal Activity and the Insidious film series, and sold domestically to Netflix by WME and globally by Good Universe (now Lionsgate).

His short film, Ernie, was produced for the Uncertain Kingdom Project; a series of shorts providing an alternative snapshot of life in 2020, and starred Steven Berkoff and Paul Kaye as father and son. It screened in April 2020 to positive reviews. The short itself won eight awards, including Best Picture at the Los Angeles Film Awards and Best Short Film at the Prague International Film Festival.

 His series: State of Siege: Temple Attack has recently been released in India for Contiloe Pictures. He’s also written Taj: Royal Blood a twelve-part historical drama based on the Mughal Empire for the same company. It will be shot in 2021 with a second and third series already commissioned.

He has three features optioned: Fathom, a horror about two men trapped in a deep-sea submersible, that will be produced by Ben Jacques (Accident Man, The Hatton Garden Job). Irish crime drama Forced Hands to be directed by Mark O’Connor (Cardboard Gangsters) and French Angel, a biography of the wrestler Maurice Tillet.

Selected credits


production
producer / production company
television:
(Co-written with William Borthwick)
TAJ: ROYAL BLOOD
Abhinanyu Singh / Cantiloe Pictures
film:
STATE OF SIEGE 2: TEMPLE ATTACK
Abhinanyu Singh / Cantiloe Pictures
ESTRANGED
William Borthwick / Face Films
CONVENIENCE
Ray Panthaki / Urban Way Productions
CITY RATS
William Borthwick / Face Films
Dean Fisher / Scanner Rhodes Productions
shorts:
ERNIE
Ray Panthaki / Urban Way Productions
optioned:
FATHOM
Ben Jacques / Maniac Fiction Films
FRENCH ANGEL
Ray Panthaki / Urban Way Productions
Daniel Khalili / Financer
FORCED HANDS
William Borthwick / Face Films
Paul Donovan / Grand Pictures
Phil Hunt / Bankside Films
WAGHNAKS
Abhinanyu Singh / Cantiloe Pictures
(Co-written with William Borthwick)
DOWN AND OUT IN DALSTON
Richard Boden / DLT Media