Savvas Stavrou

Scriptwriter

Born:

16.11.1988, Limassol (Cyprus)

Education: 

BA in Film Production, Westminster University, London

Place of Residence:

London (United Kingdom)

Writes in Languages:

Greek, English, German

Biography

Savvas Stavrou is a director based in London working in narrative and music promos. His first feature film THE ONES LEFT BEHIND was one of 8 projects selected to participate in the Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Lab 2018 and is currently in development.

Previously, his short films SONG TO THE SIREN, DOROTHEA and INTERLUDE have screened internationally at festivals, with the latter having won the Sci-Fi London Festival’s 48 Hour Film Challenge for Best Short. As a music video director, his work for artist Metaxas was pinned by Promo News amidst the likes of Massive Attack and Florence + the Machine. His latest film SIRENS won the Best Music Video award at the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival and received international acclaim.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

EVERY SINGLE NIGHT

short fiction
developed script

Chris is a gay man who has escaped the small-island mentality of Cyprus in search of sexual freedom in London. But his world is turned inside out when a visit from an old beau reveals the superficiality of his new life and the realisation that, despite being surrounded by people, he is ultimately alone.

Attached to the project: co-writer, director, producer
Looking for: co-producer

Keywords: LGBT, masculinity, nightlife, sexuality, suppression, depression, hedonism

THE ONES LEFT BEHIND

feature narrative
first draft of the script  

Waking up to a destructed world after a plague has eradicated all adults, a nine-year-old girl joins a group of boys on their fight for survival against the shadows of reality. Participated in the Sundance Mediterranean Filmmakers Lab 2018.

Attached to the project: director
Looking for: producer, co-producer 

Keywords: fantasy, war, drama, cyprus, peter pan, adaptation

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

THE ONES LEFT BEHIND – feature – in development (Sundance Mediterranean Film Lab 2018), writer
2018 A JAR OF NUTS, short (in post-production), writer/director
2013 DOROTHEA, short, writer/director
2011 SONG TO THE SIREN, short, writer/director

My five favourite films

  1. Moulin Rouge (2001)
    by Baz Luhrmann
  2. Magnolia (1999)
    by Paul Thomas Anderson
  3. The Thin Red Line (1998)
    by Terrence Malick
  4. Le Double Vie de Veronique (1991)
    by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  5. Being John Malkovich (1999)
    by Spike Jonze

Favourite scene I wrote

INT. BEDROOM. CHRIS’S FLAT — NIGHT

… Chris and NEW PARTNER (mid-30s) have emotionless, workmanlike sex.

As Chris and his random partner have sex we take in his room. It’s a pig-sty. Clothes are strewn everywhere. Books piled by the walls.

Most noticeable is Chris’s artwork – paintings and illustrations of the naked male form in various styles. The only common denominator amongst the works is that none of the models faces have been painted.

CUT TO:

Chris and a different man (MAX, 36, best-friend material) fall back on the bed in post-coital fatigue. Chris instinctually grabs his phone and gives it his exclusive attention, while Max snuggles up to him and settles in for sleep. Chris stares at him perplexed.

CHRIS

Are you staying?

MAX

Is that a problem?

CHRIS

It’s a little presumptuous.

MAX

Presumptuous?

CHRIS

A little.

MAX

Right.

CHRIS

You can stay if you want, it’s just-

MAX

That ‘if’ seems loaded. I didn’t

realise I was breaking some social

contract by staying.

Max grabs his clothes and gets dressed.

CHRIS

You’re over-thinking this…

MAX

So you want me to stay?

CHRIS

Less now that I did 2 minutes ago.

MAX

Hooking up a couple of times

usually means it’s okay to crash.

CHRIS

Four times isn’t that much.

MAX

Five times. I thought you were

different. Anyway, my mistake.

CHRIS

Different to what?

MAX

The usual fuck boys.

CHRIS

Staying over’s a bit… intimate.

MAX

And having my dick in your mouth

isn’t?

CHRIS

My doctor’s had his finger up my

arse, it doesn’t mean I want to

share a tent at Bestival.

MAX

I don’t know what it is about your

generation —

CHRIS

What makes everyone over 30

start talking in terms of

generations?

MAX

— Everything’s so fucking

transient.

CHRIS

Dude you’re like two Doctor Who’s

older than me. This was just a

fuck. It’s hardly the start of When

Harry Met Gary. If you’re looking

for love, I would get off Grindr.

MAX

Something or someone must have made

you really hate people.

CHRIS

I love people! Three a night if I

can. I’m sorry, was that ‘if’

loaded as well?

MAX

You’re a dick.

Max storms out.

CHRIS

(shouts after him)

You are what you eat.

Chris lies back in his bed and continues scrolling through his phone.

My favourite film quote

“Things fall down, people look up, and when it rains, it pours”

Magnolia (1999)