Winning 1st Scene Screenplay – NIGHT WIND TO BAHIA by Thomas Thorpe

Watch the October 2016 Winning 1st Scene Screenplay.

Written by Thomas Thorpe


Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Night wind to Bahia is a thriller about an ailing, penniless nobleman searchng for his wife when he uncovers a blood transfusion plot to kill Brazil’s eight-year old prince, Dom Pedro II. Having secured a vial of Cholera immunizing blood, he must choose either to save his own life, obtain reward for reviving the future leader or rescue his wife from the conspirators.


NARRATOR – Michelle Alexander
WILLIAM – Rikki Wright
ELIZABETH – Sandy Kellerman
CHARLES – Gabriel Darku

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Following a shipwreck, a nobleman searching for his wife uncovers a plot to kill Brazil’s eight-year old Prince with a blood transfusion 60 years before blood typing.

What genres does your screenplay under?

Historical, mystery, thriller, adventure, suspense

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

adventure, mystery, romance
Brazil: a seldom used panorama…
slavery: exploitation or individual freedom…
cholera: seven pandemics, two-million lives…
In the spirit of: Mutiny on the Bounty, Passage to India, Amistad
Based on true events

How would you describe this script in two words?

Historical Epic

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Jaws, Star Wars, Pride and Prejudice

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Wrote the book in 2009, Screenplay in 2011

How many stories have you written?

Seven published historical thrillers of the Darmon Mystery Series. Four screenplays.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

Adapted from Fair Wind to Bahia, fourth book of the Series.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Translation from the literary to the scripted format.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

History, space exploration (I managed NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor Mission), astronomy (I taught at Glendale College), golf and most sports.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Never stop writing, marketing and getting attention for your work.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson


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