the girl who dressed as a bear is a short magical realist drama following a young neurodiverse woman embarking on a magical bus ride filled with animated toucans and falling in love. The story is a celebration of LGBT+ community as well as neurodiversty.
the girl who dressed as a bear won a slot at the Watersprite Film Festival 2017 and was subsequently published in U.S anthology Hashtag Queer.
Rebecca Lenkiewicz (screenwriter on academy award winning Ida. IMDb) on ‘The Girl Who Dressed As A Bear’
“This is a beautiful study of a young female life, fractured but hopeful. I really enjoyed Alex’s script…the strangeness of Pippa’s world; her retreat into a bear’s head seeming to be the only way to exist for a while. Its realism was good in the detail of the pills and the doctor and I very much enjoyed the love affair which was instant and unquestioning. The magical realism that followed and then the ending which was realistic all went very beautifully together. I’d love to see this film, the images, Pippa’s private world and the necessity of dealing with the real world. Heidi is very touching and their coming together at the end is really hopeful and wonderful. It’s a nicely empowered film about the feeling of being totally disempowered. I hope it will be made and can adhere to the script as the specificity is very good. I enjoyed it very much and feel that Alex will write many more beautiful screenplays… the economy of dialogue was impressive and the visual language was great.”