CHAPTER 3: PLANTING A ROSE GARDEN

So, how was I going to learn to cultivate roses? A keen gardener, I’d written short stories, poems, radio plays, etc, in the past, but I’d never penned a screenplay. So, I decided to do one of my favourite things – take a course! The City Lit was offering 2 days with writer/director Phil O’Shea and so, in June 2012, off to London I went to find inspiration and technique.

By the end of the first day, the film’s premise and its two female characters – Fiona and Millie – had been conceived.  Within a month or two my first draft had germinated and after positive feedback from both Phil and Ambarish Manepalli (who had originally hoped to direct), I knew that Prick Thy Neighbour would one day, in the not too distant future, bloom into being…

Six drafts later (thanks again to Ambarish’s kind and constructive feedback) I had a very polished version!

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