2017 Drama Award for "Bedeviled"

Novels: Literary Suspense, Mystery/Thriller

Screenplays: Film Noir, Drama, Comedy

The novelist and screenwriter Christopher Charles Canning (Chris) draws on an early career that spanned advertising and journalism, corporate finance and the making of award winning wines, in a life spread across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, providing him with a rich lode of experiences and locations to mine for his characters and their stories. He has been a full time novelist and screenwriter since 2013 and his current projects are aimed at an international market across the mediums of print and digital publishing as well as film.


  • Finding Albert Strange
  • A Song for Leonard
  • The Manifestation of the Snakehead Fish

  • Bedeviled - A Song for Leonard
Winner Empire Drama Award, 2017 New York Screenplay Contest
2017 Cannes Screenplay Contest Drama Award
Finalist Hollywood Screenplay Contest 2016
  • Hurricane Hacker
Finalist Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition 2016
  • A Day to Remember
Finalist 2017 Adapted Screenplay Competition
Finalist 2017 Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia
  • Testosterona and The Secret of Life

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Finding Albert Strange (A Day to Remember) - Australian Novel

This inter-generational drama is a story of redemption, of one family, on one day, seeking to find itself before it is too late. That day is Anzac Day. The place is Sydney, Australia. Who will survive it? 

   Read the Kirkus Review


Official Selection 2017 Adapted Screenplay Competition under title of  "A Day to Remember".

STOP PRESS: SEPT. 2017 - Finalist in the Byron Bay, Australia, 2017 Film Festival.

A Song for Leonard 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Winner: Empire Drama Award, 2017 New York Screenplay Contest

After a young singer/songwriter, who is obsessed with Leonard Cohen, is killed during an attempted street mugging in New York in 1979, her intended victim stands accused of her death and has only the lyrics of her songs to defend himself against corrupt police.

Original music written and composed by Chris Canning and Eden Iris.  Novel coming soon

Read the Synopsis here 

Read Opening Chapter here

The Manifestation of the Snakehead Fish (Novel)

Genre: Literary Suspense.

Set in contemporary Vietnam.

A successful wildlife painter sets out to locate the source of a counterfeit copy of one of his paintings sold by a gallery in Vietnam and finds himself gathering evidence of non-governmental agencies hi-jacked for more sinister ends; evidence that puts millions of lives in danger, including his own.

This is the first in a two part story that raises complex moral and ethical questions featuring characters that break conventional moulds and grapple with issues hidden deep behind global headlines.  Coming soon

Testerona and The Secret of Life

Feature length screenplay


Two retired film makers, nursing resentments that threaten their friendship, and staring down old age and depression, are confronted by a contemporary who now looks 20 years younger than them and are jolted into trying to emulate him, leading to the exposure of dark secrets that might have remained unrevealed if only their hormones had not been disturbed.