To introduce ourselves, ‘we’ are Lance Morcan and James Morcan, the Down Under father-and-son writing and producing team; we are novelists, screenwriters and film producers; Lance is based in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, while James, who is also an actor, is based in Sydney, Australia.
As novelists, we have co-authored the spy thriller series THE ORPHAN TRILOGY (The Ninth Orphan / The Orphan Factory / The Orphan Uprising) and the historical series THE WORLD DUOLOGY (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel) and Into the Americas (A Novel Based on a True , which were all published by Sterling Gate Books in trade paperback and Kindle editions. We have adapted The Ninth Orphan to a feature film screenplay. It and Fiji are already in development with Morcan Motion Pictures. We have also published the controversial non-fiction UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE SERIES (Genius Intelligence / Antigravity Propulsion / Medical Industrial Complex etc).
As screenwriters, we have co-written numerous screenplays; and as producers we have produced two feature films together.
Morcan Motion Pictures’ first feature, The Pawn, starring Reg Gorman (Evil Angels) premiered at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival and screened at the Imperia Film Festival in Italy. Our second feature, Desired, was shot in Auckland city and premiered at Cannes. This New Zealand thriller was directed by Amanda Phillips and stars Dwayne Cameron (The Tribe).
A former journalist and newspaper editor, Lance divides his time these days between novel writing, film producing and screenwriting. Lance is currently perfecting his solo-written New Zealand – an epic adventure novel covering 500 years of South Pacific and Polynesian history. Including research, writing (and life’s distractions!), this novel has been over a decade in the making.
New Zealand-born actor, filmmaker and published author James Morcan resides in Sydney, Australia. His most recent acting performance was a leading role in the post-Apocalyptic feature film After Armageddon which he also wrote. The dystopian adventure film was shot in rural Australia in early 2015 and Morcan co-starred with Berynn Schwerdt (‘Wyrmwood’).
Other recent leading roles include the OZ-Bollywood productions My Cornerstone and Love You Krishna. Morcan also wrote the screenplays for both features which were filmed in Sydney and Mumbai and incorporated English and Hindi languages.
Other productions James has perfromed in include the BBC TV series Dark Knight, several indie features and a live stadium production of Ben Hur headlined by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe. To date, his feature films have screened at cinemas in Australia, New Zealand, India, Italy and Cannes.
Russell Crowe at the Ben Hur press conference
Morcan Motion Pictures has a slate of other feature films in advanced development including The Impossible Dream, being helmed by former James Bond director Roger Spottiswoode, the action-adventure Into the Americas, New Zealand-China co-production Shanghai Bride, the Australian period piece White Spirit and the UK sci-fi thriller Silent Fear.