This is the second Supergirl Interview where we ask kickass ladies from across the world how they survived those troublesome teenage years and what advise they now have for the next generation of amazing young ladies.
We have someone very special today, someone I have known for a few years and who always stands out as a most creative, inspirational person. Bayou Bennett. Award winning writer and film director, Bayou creates films with her husband Daniel Lir and together they form the husband-wife duo ‘Dream Team Directors’ working with some of the biggest stars in the world.
Bayou and I talk about the subject of ‘being judged’. A terrible subject for many teens and many people in general for that matter! We tackle the question of whether it is possible to live free of that thought: ‘But what will others think of me?’ It’s about time we found out how Bayou, despite the pitfalls of teenagehood, managed to remain true to her heart and stay faithful to her own self.
I wrote a new short story. It is available on wattpad only and was specially commissioned by USA Network as part of their campaign to launch a new TV show called DIG. I was pretty excited when I was asked to do this as USA Network produce some of my all-time favourite TV shows such as Heroes, Homeland and Suits. The show is an international mystery and inspired by this a new character sprung up in my mind named Elisa Hartwood – a 16 year old super geek who studies at Cambridge, a gifted puzzle solver, who is called upon to help solve some of the most high profile, hush-hush cases. You can read the story here.
The location needed to be international. Usually when I think international I think New York because for me there is hardly any better location for any story than New York – I just kind of think that. It’s probably energy, the variety, the scale of it all. This time however I wanted somewhere different and so my mind turned to Venice which is a place I lived during the spring of 2000 – fifteen years ago back when I was a little 19 year old duckling! You can see me in some of the film camera photos I took back then!
Here is the next installment of the book ANIMAL which I am developing on the website wattpad. It can be read for free as I write it. http://tiny.cc/dkh87w
I saw the movie ‘Saving Mr Banks’ last night which is all about how the writer P.L. Travers is convinced by Walt Disney to give the rights to her book to be made into a film – Mary Poppins. Mrs Travers is not only English, in the most English of ways (constant complaining and ‘pots of tea’) she is also almost impossible for the film studio people to work with.
I can understand the feelings of protectiveness of her story. There’s a particular way in which a writer sees their work. But at the same time, a piece of writing doesn’t just belong to the writer – once it is written I believe it then belongs to the reader – for them to enjoy and do with what they will.
Mrs Travers goes through a lot but kind of learns this and even enjoys the ‘crass’ surroundings of Los Angeles. It is a great film, highly recommended to writers, readers and film-lovers everywhere!
Incidentally here is an interesting interview with the scriptwriter for the film (which is outstandingly good!) http://tiny.cc/f5h87w