Steven Lewis Simpson

BIO

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BIOGRAPHY
STEVEN LEWIS SIMPSON

At 18 Steven Lewis Simpson was the youngest fully qualified stockbroker and trader in Britain. Authorised to give financial advice by the three main regulatory organisations: IMRO (the banking regulator), LAUTRO and the Stock Exchange.

At 22 Steven moved to Los Angeles to work for the legendary Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures. He returned to the UK and shot TIES, his first feature film, which he wrote, produced, directed, edited and financed through his company Roaring Fire Films. TIES premièred in competition at the Edinburgh Film Festival and (amongst other festivals) won best film at the Cherbourg Festival of British Film.

Steven then shot his first documentary TIMOR TIMOR in West Timor, Indonesia, which he co-produced with Pretty Pictures in Paris. He produced and co-edited the award winning surreal fairy tale, FROG from director Steven Morrison, which was broadcast on Canal + (France). He also associate produced the black comedy feature, RESURRECTING BILL.

THE TICKING MAN, an action-thriller feature shot in Edinburgh and rural Scotland followed, which premièred at the Montreal World Film Festival. It has since sold widely throughout the world. A sequel, RETRIBUTION followed, also premièring at the Montreal World Film Festival.

His first US feature was the love story/drama feature REZ BOMB starring Tamara Feldman, Trent Ford, American Indian Movement leader Russell Means and Chris Robinson. It was shot on location on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in Nebraska and premièred at the Montreal World Film Festival.

It was followed by the epic feature documentary A THUNDER-BEING NATION about the Oglala Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation. Made over 13 years it’s the most comprehensive documentary looking at the history and contemporary life of an Indian Reservation. He capped off the trio of Native American projects with a 13 episode US TV show THE HUB about arts, culture and entertainment within Indian Country. It sought to redress the balance of negative stereotypes by celebrating the work of many of the most dynamic Native Americans today. Through this body of work Steven has become a known advocate for Native American rights.

He has just completed a feature film adaptation of the acclaimed Lakota Country novel NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG and the feature documentary RETURN TO TIMOR, shot in West Timor, Indonesia.

He has many other film and television projects in development and sixteen completed feature film screenplays.

FILMOGRAPHY
NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG (feature film)
(in post-production) Roaring Fire Films (co-writer/director/producer)

RETURN TO TIMOR (feature documentary)
(in post-production) Roaring Fire Films (set in West Timor, Indonesia)
(writer/director/producer)

THE HUB (13 part TV series)
Roaring Fire Films (producer/director)

A THUNDER-BEING NATION (feature documentary)
Roaring Fire Films (writer/director/producer)

REZ BOMB (feature film)
Roaring Fire Films (writer/director/producer)

RETRIBUTION (feature film)
Roaring Fire Films/Guerilla Films/The International Film Collective/
The Film Development Partnership II LLP/Scottish Screen/First Scottish
(writer/director/producer)

THE TICKING MAN (feature film)
Roaring Fire Films/Scottish Screen/First Scottish
(writer/director/producer)

BEAT OF A DRUM & OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
Roaring Fire Films
Music videos for Future Pilot AKA (producer/director/editor/photography)

FROG (film)
Bureau of Strange Happenings
(producer/co-editor) writer/director Steven Morrison
Winner Frank Copplestone first time directors award (2 BAFTA nominations)

RESURRECTING BILL (feature film)
St. Moritz Prods. (associate producer) writer/director Faye Jackson

TIMOR TIMOR 50min (documentary)
Roaring Fire Films/Pretty Pictures (Paris) (writer/director/producer)

PULSE 9min. (feature film promo)
Roaring Fire Films (writer/director/producer)

TIES (feature film)
Roaring Fire Films (writer/director/producer)
Winner Best Film Cherbourg Film Festival

FEATURE SCREENPLAYS (in addition to those listed above)
THE GUV’NOR Adapted from Lenny MacLean’s bestseller
ECO WARRIOR Conspiracy Thriller
DOG EARED DEVILS Character adventure
MACBETH Adapted Screenplay
SUCCESSION Adapted from “MacBeth the King” by Nigel Tranter
PROJECT “B” Untitled drama
5 DAYS IN AUGUST Gangland/action
ADEQUATE FORCE Action/Thriller
DEATH IN A BLUE ROOM Action/Thriller
WESTMINSTER UNZIPPED Political comedy
3 PROPHETS Drama
THE TICKING MAN (remake) Thriller

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTS
SHADOW WOLVES TV Action series
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS TV Drama series
METAPHYSICAL TV Sitcom
INCARNATE Action/Comedy

Author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog, Kent Nerburn on Simpson’s film adaptation.
As a result, the film, in both its choices that reflect the book and its choices that go outside the book, is always and uncompromisingly respectful and accurate in its depiction of Native people and life. To my mind, there is not one false note in the portrayal of Native reality. I can say, with pride, that I have never seen any film, created by Natives or non-Natives, that brings the viewer closer to the experience of a journey through reservation life. We simply refused to compromise on this aspect, and in our refusal to compromise, we found our common ground.

Yes, Steven changed the book. Yes, he adapted it; yes, he augmented it. But he nailed it. The choices he made were exquisite. His film is at once different from the book and better than the book. There are reasons for this that I will get into in a future blog. For now, just know that the story you see on the screen may differ from the book you saw in your mind. In many ways it differs from what I saw in mine. But, in an act of astonishing creative transformation, one stubborn, incredibly talented man with a camera did something I did not think was possible: he made a completely new work of art that honored the original work of art while carrying it to a new level. He took my literary child and made a man of it. I am pleased and honored and grateful, and I believe you will be, too.”