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 Seed

  • Bedeviled - A Song for Leonard
Winner Empire Drama Award,  New York Screenplay Contest
Cannes Screenplay Contest Drama Award
Finalist Hollywood Screenplay Contest
  • Hurricane Hacker
Finalist Industry Insider Screenwriting Competition
  • A Day to Remember
Finalist Adapted Screenplay Competition
Finalist Byron Bay Film Festival, Australia
  • Testosterona and The Secret of Life
Official selection 2019 Madrid International Film Festival

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

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

A Song for Leonard 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Winner: Empire Drama Award, 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 a Sample Chapter here

The Seed (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 a story that raises complex moral and ethical questions featuring characters that break conventional moulds and who grapple with issues hidden deep behind global headlines.  Coming soon

Testosterona 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. Set in Northern Spain and an Official Selection in the 2019 Madrid International Film Festival.