Different Hats

Hat number 1 (FILM – probably a baseball cap): I’m pleased to be working with award-winning London Director Deva Palmier on a few film projects. We’ve already collaborated on the script for a short film set in London, and she’s also attached to direct a feature film I have in development, and another short I’ve written. We share a taste for the dark, real and quirky, and actually met on Twitter – ooh how moderne!

Hat number 2 (THEATRE – something with feathers): I also started the Avalon theatre mentorship a few weeks ago. We began with a group session then a 1-to-1 which was a lovely, relaxed way of getting the 6 mentees eased in. Both meetings have left me feeling much less daunted, but it’s strange how accustomed I am to writing in screenplay format, and how a little alien, theatre format feels. It’s not that it’s hugely prescriptive or anything, just outside my comfort zone. But with mentor encouragement and advice I’ve started my first rewrite. The play is set in the 1950s, and has a small cast of just 3 (maybe 4 at max). It feels exciting to be writing an internal voice as part of the story, something which you don’t usually get the chance to do in film. There’s a little more time and space to ‘play’ with words and the rhythm of language which I’m enjoying immensely. I’ve not yet decided whether the internal voice will be voiced directly or narrated but I’m hoping that decision will become obvious as I get further on. It’s an exciting process and feels hugely experimental which is a bit of a buzz. And great to be amongst a group of other writers.

Hat number 3 (post-production – definitely a fez, don’t ask me why): My short LOVE CAKE is finally out of the starting blocks and ready to be sent out into the world where I hope it will find an audience. Currently buried in festival schedules and deliverables, and planning a social media strategy – more to come soon for those who are interested. In case you haven’t seen the sticky little trailer, here you go. Hopefully coming to somewhere near you in 2013!

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