'Sex Education' draws most screenplay votes

A high-school comedy about two teenage boys who fall in love with the wife of their brutal gym teacher has topped the 2010 Brit List, which spotlights the U.K.’s best unproduced screenplays.

“Sex Education,” by Jonathan Stern and Jamie Minoprio, is being developed by Ruby Films, which also headed last year’s Brit List with “Good Luck Anthony Belcher” and “Corsica 72.”

Stern and Minoprio previously did key rewrite work on “St. Trinian’s,” “St. Trinian’s 2″ and “I Want Candy.”

The Brit List is Blighty’s version of Hollywood’s Black List, with the British and Irish community of producers, development execs and agents voting for their most liked and recommended unproduced scripts.

“Sex Education,” which Ruby is developing with BBC Films, received 11 votes, ahead of the second-place script, Ben Schiffer’s “Cheerleaders,” from Cloud 8 Films. It received eight votes.

Sharing third place with seven votes apiece are “Honour,” by Shan Khan, from Dan Films and Parti Prods.; “Shadow Dancer,” by Tom Bradby, from Unanimous Pictures, Element Pictures and Wild Bunch; “Song for Marion,” by Paul Andrew Williams, from Steel Mill Pictures; and “Welcome to the Punch,” by Eran Creevy, from Between the Eyes.

Dublin’s Element Pictures has six votes for Claire Wilson’s “Breathe” and four for Malcolm Campbell’s “Blackrock.”

Cloud 8, the shingle of “127 Hours” producer Christian Colson, also has four votes for Michael Cowen’s “Lovefest” and three for John Hodge’s “William and Harold.”

The 35 titles on the list were chosen from more than 170 entries. Scripts had to receive at least three votes to make the cut and must come from writers born outside the U.S.

Only a couple of titles from the 2009 list have since made it into production, highlighting how tough it has become to put together the financing for British and Irish indie projects. Simon Beaufoy’s adaptation of “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom, is being produced by Lionsgate U.K. and BBC Films, and Ayub Khan Din’s version of his own stage play “Rafta Rafta,” directed by Nigel Cole, was produced by Optimum Releasing.

Casting was also announced last week at the American Film Market in Santa Monica for 2009 Brit List entries “This Beautiful Fantastic” and “Under the Skin.”

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