Toby Venables is a screenwriter, novelist and journalist who also lectures to undergraduates in Cambridge. He has had several commissioned screenplays, including the heist thriller ‘Seven Thieves‘. His first screen credit is the socio-political horror movie ‘His House‘, directed by Remi Weekes and starring Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku and Matt Smith, whose original screenplay he co-wrote with writing partner Felicity Evans. Produced by New Regency, it premiered at Sundance in 2020 with global rights being picked up by Netflix. As a solo screenwriter, he has been developing the screen story of ‘#AltWar‘ with James Patrick, based on James’ non-fiction book ‘Alternative War’ and aspects of the author’s life and career, and is working on film and TV projects for Rebellion and a leading British production company. He has also written four novels (published by Abaddon), including the ‘Hunter of Sherwood‘ trilogy, which casts Guy of Gisburne as the hero and Robin Hood as the villain.
Commissioned TV Series – pilot screenplay and series outline
Commissioned feature film screenplay
Socio-political horror feature. Story and original commissioned screenplay by Toby Venables and Felicity Evans, written and directed by Remi Weekes. The film stars Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Musaku and Matt Smith and premiered at Sundance in 2020, with Netflix acquiring global rights.
Original heist/crime thriller feature screenplay
Unproduced horror feature in which a London gangster gets sucked into a world of depression, death and blues music in the Fens
Unproduced comedy drama for TV, about Yorkshiremen who dress as Vikings at the weekend, co-written with Felicity Evans
Unproduced comedy horror TV series pilot about a frustrated Cambridge journalist and a brilliant uni dropout who find themselves investigating paranormal phenomena, co-written with Felicity Evans
2017, Hood (Hunter of Sherwood 3)
2015, The Red Hand (Hunter of Sherwood 2)
2013, Knight of Shadows (Hunter of Sherwood 1)