My Story from Twisted’s Evil Little Sister: She Will Never Die
My Story from Twisted50 vol 2: Target
Favourite quote: ‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover’ – Mark Twain
I’m a represented and optioned writer. Amongst my successes, I list being one of nine Athena List finalists, an Academy Nicholl semi-finalist, one of ten considered for a Vertigo Entertainment Award and Austin Film Festival semi-finalist as well as being included in the ‘Blood List’ as a winner of the New Blood competition.
I was one of four writers from around the world invited by the Black List and Athena Film Festival to take part in a writers’ lab in New York, where I received training with four US Industry mentors and Scott Myers. I was also one of six writers selected for TV crime series writers’ room training with screenwriter, Barbara Machin at LSF.
Selected for a BBC Master class and BFI/Creative Skillset Talent Campus, I’ve received additional UK Industry level mentorship and training, I was awarded a bursary to complete John Yorke’s Professional Writers Academy course. I’ve produced two short films from my five competition winning short screenplays and I’ve had four pieces of prose writing published.
Before concentrating on my writing full time, I trained as a photographer, working and teaching on visual projects and helping to write, film and edit animated and live action films. I then enjoyed a career in the Royal Navy, completing a short screenwriting course at the NFTS after I left.
You know what’s really scary? Being taken by total surprise and interviewed on camera. Many will know I can warm to my subject (!) and waffle on, but I feel (hope) I did the Create50 and LSF justice on this occasion. Fortunately the interviewer, the lovely Ellie Torrez, was superb at putting me/us at
*** Possible Spoiler Alert *** (Strongly advise reading this only after reading the story in Twisted 50: Evil Little Sister) One of my screenplays is based on an horrific incident that happened on a warship while I was serving in the Royal Navy. Severe damage and loss of life were involved. A ship is like
I created the main character in ‘She Will Never Die’ from personal experience and a fear of drowning (yes, my joining the Navy was perhaps an odd choice in view of that!). I mixed that with putting myself ‘in her shoes’, as she faces up to her horrific, inescapable situation and the end of her