The story behind my first feature script is a long and sordid affair. I generally don’t like to speak about it but you may coax it out of me over a beer or two if you’re really interested. Muddied though it is by time, bias and cumulative error, I can’t guarantee any telling of the story will be 100% accurate. Let’s just say that it’s a story of an immoral producer and a very naive and, let’s face it, foolish young writer.
If you don’t want to read any gushy, creative crap I would suggest skipping straight to the script (forewarned be ye, says I!)
It seems like a lifetime ago when I wrote Pepper, I wrote seven drafts in all, it was copied from hard drive to hard drive as I went through different computers over the years but at some point I made the decision to leave it behind. I had grown beyond it as a writer but the characters have stayed with me and, at the risk of sounding gag-inducingly precious (you were warned) are still very important to me.
So recently I mentioned to a friend that I would like to do a series of two pagers that are related and can be seen as a larger arc but also stand on their own as tiny slices. She suggested Pepper.
So here’s the first, those of you who remember the original feature will recognise the same characters in later scripts but will hopefully notice that they have grown a little, that they are a little deeper or more human.
Hope you enjoy it.