Mick also writes screenplays (and has occasionally directed) as ‘Kirkham Jackson’.
Most recently, he’s adapted his first novel, The Underground Man, for Parallel Films. There’s also the prospect of him adapting The Widow’s Tale.
A director in the States has optioned ‘The Lepidoctor’ (a short story from Ten Sorry Tales), has shot a short based on it and is now developing it into a feature. It looks as though a director in the UK will follow a similar path with one of Mick’s more recent stories.
In 2007 Luis Cook from Aardman Animation directed an adaptation of ‘The Pearce Sisters’ (also from Ten Sorry Tales) which won lots of prizes at international film festivals, including a BAFTA for Best Short Animation.
Mick wrote a feature drama for ITV1 in 2005, called ‘Roman Road’, with Alan Davies and John Gordon-Sinclair.
In 1997 he directed a half-hour documentary for BBC2 called ‘Silvering Up’, about a gang of men who paint pylons.
He wrote a short film called ‘The Three Bears’ (2000), about a Russian submarine that gets lost in the Fens - directed by Stephen Kemp.
Mick has also directed some of his own scripts – namely, ‘The Pylon People’ (1995) – a short documentary about a community which lives in the shadow of a sub-station in rural Devon … ‘The Walberswick Detectives’ (1998)– a short drama about two friends who find a body on a beach with their metal detector … and ‘Pieces of the Moon’ (1996) – a short drama about a boy who goes on a caravanning holiday with his parents in 1969, the same summer that Apollo 11 lands on the moon. This last film in particular had a bit of a charmed life, winning several prizes, including a Golden Spire at the San Francisco Film Festival, a Golden Plaque Award at the Chicago Film Festival and the Grand Prix Europeen de la Vlle de Brest.