Rachel spends her life scribbling stories on the back of envelopes and till receipts. She is also writing a few scripts, including:
I Could Live Yours
Feature comedy-drama produced by Pico Pictures (IFeatures2 – BFI / Creative England).
I Could Live Yours is a comedy about arrested development and resistance to growing up.
Anna is stuck. She is 24 and living in a shed at the bottom of her Mum and Nan’s garden in the lake district. It’s a beautiful nowhere – the kind of place the men need a sat nav to find your clit. Anna keeps people at emotional arms length – she has a low paid, low respect job as a teaching assistant – her Mum thinks she’ll never find a man because she dresses like she has a dog on a piece of string and has a haircut that puts her gender in question.
Anna makes the worst home videos you have ever seen – but for the best reason – they make her feel like a twin again. She replicates the lost relationship she had with her brother using her thumbs as actors. Bickering their way through existential crises – the thumbs traverse themes such as utilitarianism, what is the moral of sister act 2, and whether Sisyphus would be happier if he stopped listening to Groovy Kind of Love and started listening to Whitesnake.
Anna’s world is disrupted when she is charged with the responsibility of choreographing a dance with the Y7s – a job which means she has to work with her estranged friend from school and a troubled little boy who is obsessed with A Fist Full of Dollars. These forces combine to challenge her emotional isolation and highlight the horror and futility of making videos in your shed for no audience.
Does Anna’s obsession with detail indicate a rhythm of genius like Stanley Kubrick – and will that mean she messes it all up at the end by making a piece of work that ultimately, denies the audience what they want – (in Kubrick’s case – the opportunity to see Nicole Kidman naked).
This is a small story on an epic scale that explores the universal themes of being lost and finding yourself, making peace with who you are, and regaining self-confidence and dignity. It’s basically the same themes as Rocky if you think about it. But not Rocky 2 – which is best ignored in any analogy – because of that weird kiss at the beginning that makes everyone feel deeply confused and uncomfortable.
My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time
Co-writing with Nick Whitfield – a feature film adaptation of Liz Jensen’s novel. Produced by Forward Films, (BFI).
A SKELETONS-esque, time travel comedy set between Victorian England and contemporary Chicago.
Mouths Wide Open
Feature co-write with Daniel Tunnard (not related)
“Struggling musician William Roberts wakes up with a hangover and the body and voice of Gary Barlow. Then things get really surreal”