(a lesbian love story with magical toucans)
A journey across town from a psychiatrist’s office to a bus depot, the story follows a young outsider girl PIPPA who likes to dress as a bear as she falls in love with someone outside the bus window. Question is, has the other girl even noticed?
Explores: mental health and love at first sight
Selected for The Watersprite Film Festival’s Script Lab 2017
Later in 2017 it was published in the U.S anthology HashtagQueer – you can get a copy HERE!
Rebecca Lenkiewicz (screenwriter on academy award winning film 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.”