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CHAPTER 12: HAPPY ROSEBUDS – PRICK THY NEIGHBOUR SHORT-LISTED FOR FILM LONDON’S SHORT FILM FUND

We three rosebuds received such exciting news this week.  London Calling, Film London’s Short Film Fund, has short-listed Prick thy Neighbour.  Tara, Georgina and I will develop the script with them during December 2013 and January 2014, with awardees being announced February 2014.  It’ll be great to be a part of their structure – they offer mentoring and tutoring throughout the whole production process – and, if we are selected, the production will receive £4,000 towards our budget.  Fingers crossed dear rose lovers!

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CHAPTER 11: TARA FITZGERALD MAKES THE SUN SHINE

The sun is out again!

We have a new director – ex Drama Centre classmate and friend of mine, the wonderful actress, Tara Fitzgerald!

When Philippa had to leave the project, Tara’s lovely face kept popping into my mind as a potential new director.  So I followed my gut and made her the offer.  She expressed a keen interest, read the latest version of the script and said “Yes!”.

Georgina and I are over the moon.

Prick Thy Neighbour will be Tara’s directorial début and we just know that she’s gonna do a great job!  Welcome to our garden Tara!  It will be a pleasure and an honour to grow roses with you!

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CHAPTER 10: RAIN

And such is the life of an horticulturalist: sometimes the sun goes in, and it rains so hard that you have to start all over again…  Philippa has, with great regret, informed us that she is no longer free to direct Prick Thy Neighbour – upcoming contracts are going to clash with our planned prep and shoot dates.

This is a blow, but Georgina and I wish her the best of luck and thank her for her input and support thus far.  It has been a pleasure.

… Now, to find a new director…

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CHAPTER 9: TWO ROSEBUDS ARE BETTER THAN ONE – GEORGINA FRENCH OF FRENCH FANCY PRODUCTIONS TO CO-PRODUCE

I have had the great fortune of finding a fabulous co-producer – Georgina French of French Fancy Productions, Ltd.  Welcome to the Prick Thy Neighbour landscape Georgina!  (And thank you to the Shooting People site for helping me find you).  Two rosebuds are definitely better than one!

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CHAPTER 8: SUNSHINE

… But, I had an idea!..  I asked Philippa how she felt about shooting Prick Thy Neighbour in the Spring of 2014 instead and she said “Yes!” – without hesitation!

Sunshine, at last!

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CHAPTER 7: ANOTHER THORN

Soon after, Philippa called to say that one of the contracts she had been waiting on (Breathless for ITV) had been confirmed, which meant that she would not be free to shoot Prick Thy Neighbour in August after all.

Ouch!…

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CHAPTER 6: SUNSHINE?

All my meetings in London went well, but as soon as I started to chat with Philippa about my script, I just knew she was the one I wanted to work with.  She was exactly what my film needed: not only did she totally understood the world I had created, I also I felt that she would bring an abundance of sunshine to my garden.

It was music to my ears when she said that she wanted to direct it, but, she had projects in the pipeline and wouldn’t know for a couple of weeks whether she would be free in August.

I had to wait for the sun to shine for sure…

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CHAPTER 5: PETALS PLEASE

So, I needed a director, preferably based in the UK…

Ambarish, who was still supporting the project, if only in spirit, put me in touch with a couple of his UK contacts, and I also put out the feelers.

I posted an announcement in Shooting People and arranged to meet with two interesting directors during my forthcoming trip to London.

A personal contact I reached out to was ex-Drama Centre classmate and friend: actress Tara Fitzgerald.  Always generous, Tara said she’d be happy to read the script and have a think as to who might be suitable.  To my great delight (and relief) she loved it and contacted Philippa Langdale with whom she’d worked recently.  The director of Skins, Waking the Dead and, as I write, ITV’s Breathless, was expecting my script!  I could hardly believe it!

Within a few days of sending it to Philippa, I received the response I imagine all writers dream of, and she was looking forward to meeting me during my trip to London.

Excitement hardly contained, I set off, pleased to be meeting petals…

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CHAPTER 4: A THORN

Growing a rose garden has its ups and downs…

On a grey, bitterly cold February morning in 2013, Ambarish informed me, with great regret, that due to his now confirmed professional engagements, he could no longer direct my short.

I felt the prick of the thorn, but understood.

I headed back home in the sleet, sat in my living room, which felt unusually dark, and shed a wee tear.

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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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