Canvas Conspiracy: Retrieving the Lost Treasures

I have worked with writers, directors and a-list Hollywood actors. As a production designer while still living in New Zealand in my early 20’s we won in the best Science Fiction category in Paris for “Death Warmed Up”. Directed by the infamous David Blythe and penned by the multi-talented Michael Heath. Strangely 40 years later I co-founded a company that delivers Clinical Hypnotherapy to all those in need across America. The log line of “Death Warmed Up” in the IMDB database is “A kid is hypnotized by a scientist to kill his parents and ends in a mental institution. As a grown up he returns to seek revenge over the scientist.” (

Recently in the Economist a story appeared about ‘Stolen artworks disappearing into the underworld. ( Now imagine this as a movie titled…

“The Canvas Conspiracies” or “The Artful Heist”


Act 1:

  • Introduce Arthur Brand, a passionate art enthusiast with a knack for unraveling mysteries.
  • Arthur’s childhood fascination with art and antiquities leads to his adult obsession with collecting and preserving cultural artifacts.
  • While in Spain, Arthur stumbles upon the filming location of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” sparking his interest in hidden treasures and lost relics.
  • We see Arthur’s evolution from an amateur collector of ancient currencies to a determined art detective.

Act 2:

  • A series of high-profile art heists takes place, targeting culturally significant works from around the world.
  • The stolen art disappears into the criminal underworld, leaving authorities baffled and the art world in turmoil.
  • Arthur’s expertise catches the attention of an international art recovery team, assembled to retrieve the missing masterpieces.
  • The team, with members who share Arthur’s passion for art and his cavalier approach, forms an alliance to track down the stolen works.

Act 3:

  • The team embarks on a globe-trotting adventure, following clues and navigating through a web of underground art dealers and forgers.
  • Tension rises as they get closer to the hidden troves of stolen art, encountering danger and deception along the way.
  • Arthur’s encyclopedic knowledge and unconventional methods prove invaluable in deciphering codes and unraveling the criminal network.
  • A climactic showdown ensues, leading to the discovery of the secret lair where the stolen art is stashed.

Act 4:

  • The team, with Arthur at the helm, orchestrates a daring rescue mission to recover the stolen cultural treasures.
  • A suspenseful cat-and-mouse chase through hidden chambers and treacherous terrain keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.
  • The stolen art is successfully retrieved, and the criminals behind the heists are brought to justice.
  • The film ends with Arthur and his team receiving accolades for their audacious yet successful recovery operation.

“The Artful Heist” is a thrilling action-mystery that combines elements of art history, treasure hunting, and criminal intrigue, all while paying homage to Arthur Brand’s real-life adventures in the world of art recovery.