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Kolton Lee

Writer

Before moving into the world of television and film Kolton represented his country as an international basketball player. He not only played for England as a junior and senior international but he also played professionally for the Kingston Royals and the Doncaster Panthers. His career was cut short by a serious knee injury.

 

A graduate in English Literature from London University, Kolton went on to forge a career in journalism. He worked first as a freelance sports journalist writing for publications such as Athletics Weekly, City Limits and Basketball Monthly. From here he joined the staff of The Voice – Britain’s number one black newspaper – as a Sports journalist. Within a year he was made the Editor of the paper and continued in that position for two years.

 

After leaving The Voice, Kolton joined as News Editor for The News on Sunday, a national newspaper.

 

With the demise of The News On Sunday, Kolton once again joined the ranks of freelance journalists. After a short stint working at the BBC he applied to The National Film and Television School.  He graduated from there as a filmmaker in the mid 90s.

 

Bringing things up to date outside the twin worlds of film and television Kolton has also dabbled in the world of theatre. He had his first play An Evening with Michael Jordan’ produced at the National Black Theatre of Harlem in 2000; he is currently working on a commission from the Theatre Royal Stratford East (2009) to adapt the book, Brixton Rock’, for the stage. The play was set to open in the spring of 2010 and was directed by the award winning Clint Dyer director of The Big Life.

 

In addition to the above Kolton has written his first novel, the crime thriller ‘The Last Card’. It was published by Maia Press (August, 2007) and received very good reviews in the Guardian and the Observer.

 

Kolton is currently working on his follow up novel.

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2010
Production (role):
BRIXTON 81
Company:
Film Council
Project details:
Feature length script adaptation of the novel ‘Brixton Rocks’ by Alex Wheatle

Prod. Maddy Ellis-Hill
Date: 2009-10
Production (role):
FREESTYLE (Director)
Company:
Film London / BBC
Project details:
His second feature – a teenage romance

Produced on Microbudget scheme

Released by Revolver Feb 26th 2010
Date: 2005
Production (role):
CHERPS (Writer / Director / Producer)
Project details:
Low budget, multi-award wining feature

It has been bought and screened by the BBC and has sold in other territories around the world
Date: 2001
Production (role):
THE PENIS TRILOGY
Project details:
Original screenplay developed in New York
Date: 1999
Production (role):
THE LONELY LONDONERS
Company:
Gerard De Thame
Project details:
Commissioned to adapt the classic Novel into a feature length screenplay
Production (role):
BRIDGETOWER
Company:
European Script Fund / Crucial Films / Prophet Pictures
Project details:
Original idea for a feature – a drama set in the 18th century

It was commissioned by the European Script Fund and was originally shepherded through Crucial Films. It is now the property of Prophet Pictures (Kolton’s own company)
Date: 1994
Production (role):
LOW RIDING
Company:
European Script Fund
Project details:
Original screenplay, now under option with Judy Counihan and receiving funding from the European Script Fund
SHORT FILM
Date: 2005
Production (role):
BLOOD (Director / Producer)
Project details:
A 17-minute short film

The film has been selected for the BFI’S ‘Blackworld’, a show of work touring round the country, all by African or African diaspora filmmakers

It has played festivals all over the world and sold to MTV North America. A number of DVD distribution deals have been offered
Date: 2000
Production (role):
AMERICAN MOD (Writer / Director / Co-Producer)
Project details:
This is a 17-minute drama starring the late Quentin Crisp

It looks at the style conscious contemporary ‘mod’ scene in New York

It has screened at a number of international festivals and is being distributed by HYPNOTIC
Date: 1998
Production (role):
STILL HERE
Company:
Lenny Henry’s Production Company / Crucial Films
Project details:
Kolton has directed two short films, one of which he wrote

The films were part of a series broadcast on BBC 2
Date: 1994
Production (role):
A CHANCE TO DANCE (Writer / Director)
Company:
Crucial Films / BBC
Project details:
This was one of six Shorts made under the generic title ‘Funky Black Shorts’
TELEVISION
Date: 2006
Production (role):
GIMME LOVE
Company:
Channel 4
Project details:
Commissioned to write a 90 minute drama set in the east London world of Grime music
Date: 2005
Production (role):
NOTTINGHILL BABYLON
Company:
Channel 4
Project details:
A four part drama series devised by Kolton with Jonti Richardson

A bible and four treatments were commissioned

Prod. John Yorke
Date: 2004
Production (role):
BLISS
Company:
BBC
Project details:
Devised this long running police TV series with Jonti Richardson

They were commissioned to write a pilot episode

Prod. Mal Young
Date: 2002
Production (role):
EAST OF ACRE LANE
Company:
BBC 2 (Single Drama)
Project details:
Kolton is attached to direct this adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel – about the 1981 Brixton riots – of the same name

Prod. Catherine Wearing
Date: 1999
Production (role):
CASTING SHADOWS
Company:
Channel 4
Project details:
Commissioned to write the pilot episode of a five part series that he has developed
Date: 1998
Production (role):
MILK AND HONEY
Project details:
Commissioned to write 2 x 60 minute episodes for this six part, primetime drama series created by Lenny Henry
Date: 1998
Production (role):
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Company:
BBC 2
Project details:
2 x 40 minute episodes for this eight part series
Date: 1996
Production (role):
BYKER GROVE
Company:
Zenith North / BBC (2 Eps.)
Date: 1996
Production (role):
PHOENIX (Director)
Company:
BBC
Project details:
One of the four half hour drama films made under the generic title ‘Crucial Tales’
Date: 1995
Production (role):
BYKER GROVE
Company:
Zenith North / BBC (2 Eps.)
Date: 1995/6
Production (role):
EASTENDERS
Company:
BBC
Project details:
Wrote a number of episodes of the soap over 18 months
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
Kolton was chosen to be part of the 2009 Breakthrough Brits for the UK Film Council

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): BRIXTON 81
    Company: Film Council
    Project details: Feature length script adaptation of the novel ‘Brixton Rocks’ by Alex Wheatle

    Prod. Maddy Ellis-Hill
  • Date: 2009-10
    Production (role): FREESTYLE (Director)
    Company: Film London / BBC
    Project details: His second feature – a teenage romance

    Produced on Microbudget scheme

    Released by Revolver Feb 26th 2010
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): CHERPS (Writer / Director / Producer)
    Company:
    Project details: Low budget, multi-award wining feature

    It has been bought and screened by the BBC and has sold in other territories around the world
  • Date: 2001
    Production (role): THE PENIS TRILOGY
    Company:
    Project details: Original screenplay developed in New York
  • Date: 1999
    Production (role): THE LONELY LONDONERS
    Company: Gerard De Thame
    Project details: Commissioned to adapt the classic Novel into a feature length screenplay
  • Date:
    Production (role): BRIDGETOWER
    Company: European Script Fund / Crucial Films / Prophet Pictures
    Project details: Original idea for a feature – a drama set in the 18th century

    It was commissioned by the European Script Fund and was originally shepherded through Crucial Films. It is now the property of Prophet Pictures (Kolton’s own company)
  • Date: 1994
    Production (role): LOW RIDING
    Company: European Script Fund
    Project details: Original screenplay, now under option with Judy Counihan and receiving funding from the European Script Fund
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): BLOOD (Director / Producer)
    Company:
    Project details: A 17-minute short film

    The film has been selected for the BFI’S ‘Blackworld’, a show of work touring round the country, all by African or African diaspora filmmakers

    It has played festivals all over the world and sold to MTV North America. A number of DVD distribution deals have been offered
  • Date: 2000
    Production (role): AMERICAN MOD (Writer / Director / Co-Producer)
    Company:
    Project details: This is a 17-minute drama starring the late Quentin Crisp

    It looks at the style conscious contemporary ‘mod’ scene in New York

    It has screened at a number of international festivals and is being distributed by HYPNOTIC
  • Date: 1998
    Production (role): STILL HERE
    Company: Lenny Henry’s Production Company / Crucial Films
    Project details: Kolton has directed two short films, one of which he wrote

    The films were part of a series broadcast on BBC 2
  • Date: 1994
    Production (role): A CHANCE TO DANCE (Writer / Director)
    Company: Crucial Films / BBC
    Project details: This was one of six Shorts made under the generic title ‘Funky Black Shorts’
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): GIMME LOVE
    Company: Channel 4
    Project details: Commissioned to write a 90 minute drama set in the east London world of Grime music
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): NOTTINGHILL BABYLON
    Company: Channel 4
    Project details: A four part drama series devised by Kolton with Jonti Richardson

    A bible and four treatments were commissioned

    Prod. John Yorke
  • Date: 2004
    Production (role): BLISS
    Company: BBC
    Project details: Devised this long running police TV series with Jonti Richardson

    They were commissioned to write a pilot episode

    Prod. Mal Young
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): EAST OF ACRE LANE
    Company: BBC 2 (Single Drama)
    Project details: Kolton is attached to direct this adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel – about the 1981 Brixton riots – of the same name

    Prod. Catherine Wearing
  • Date: 1999
    Production (role): CASTING SHADOWS
    Company: Channel 4
    Project details: Commissioned to write the pilot episode of a five part series that he has developed
  • Date: 1998
    Production (role): MILK AND HONEY
    Company:
    Project details: Commissioned to write 2 x 60 minute episodes for this six part, primetime drama series created by Lenny Henry
  • Date: 1998
    Production (role): BROTHERS AND SISTERS
    Company: BBC 2
    Project details: 2 x 40 minute episodes for this eight part series
  • Date: 1996
    Production (role): BYKER GROVE
    Company: Zenith North / BBC (2 Eps.)
    Project details:
  • Date: 1996
    Production (role): PHOENIX (Director)
    Company: BBC
    Project details: One of the four half hour drama films made under the generic title ‘Crucial Tales’
  • Date: 1995
    Production (role): BYKER GROVE
    Company: Zenith North / BBC (2 Eps.)
    Project details:
  • Date: 1995/6
    Production (role): EASTENDERS
    Company: BBC
    Project details: Wrote a number of episodes of the soap over 18 months
  • Kolton was chosen to be part of the 2009 Breakthrough Brits for the UK Film Council
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