It wasn't just Alan Sharp's movies that travelled. The straight-talking scriptwriter was raised in Scotland, sold much of his work to Hollywood, and from 1983 until his death in February 2013, wrote many scripts from his "turangawaewae”, a summer house on Kawau Island. His work included Rob Roy, Burt Lancaster classic Ulzana's Raid, Night Moves and the award-winning Dean Spanley, directed by Kiwi Toa Fraser.

(He) specialized in scripts that turned the tables on movie conventions. In the 1970s, his best-known narratives created and then disassembled audience expectations about all the usual Hollywood verities, especially the triumph of justice, love and friendship. Paul Vitello in a February 2013 New York Times obituary
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Valentino's Ghost

2012, Subject - Film

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Ben Hur (US mini-series)

2010, Writer

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Dean Spanley

2008, Writer, Executive Producer - Film

This offbeat father and son feature was written by Scotsman Alan Sharp, and mostly filmed in the UK by a Fijian-Brit Kiwi. Lawrence of Arabia legend Peter O'Toole plays a stiff upper lip Englishman whose frosty relationship with his son warms after hearing an extraordinary tale of reincarnation from Reverend Dean Spanley (Sam Neill). Based on an Edward Plunkett novella, Toa Fraser's second feature won praise for its cast, and mix of comedy and poignancy, "intertwined to the last" (The Age). Spanley won a host of Qantas awards; GQ rated it their film of the year.

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Nightmares & Dreamscapes

2006, Writer - Television

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Reversible Errors

2004, Writer

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Lathe of Heaven

2002, Writer

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Little Girl Fly Away

1998, Writer

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Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron

1993, Subject - Television

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Mission of the Shark

1991, Writer - Television

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Descending Angel

1990, Writer - Film

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The Edge (US tele-movie)

1989, Writer

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Little Treasure

1985, Writer, Director - Film

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The Osterman Weekend

1983, Writer - Film

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The Odd Man (documentary)

1978, Subject - Short Film

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Damnation Alley

1977, Writer - Film

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Night Moves

1975, Writer - Film

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Billy Two Hats

1974, Writer - Film

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Ulzana's Raid

1972, Writer, Associate Producer - Film

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The Hired Hand

1971, Writer - Film

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The Last Run

1971, Writer - Film

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The Wednesday Play

1965, Writer - Television

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First Night

1963, Writer