The creation process
"I wrote the script for Bellmouth in the summer of 2016. There was the summer Olympics on TV and I was recovering from a knee operation. So I was sat on my bum for a good three weeks. On the news there was the crisis in Calais, The 'Calais Jungle', a network of tents housing people who needed refuge and relief. On the other channel was a TV coverage of the UK’s biggest music festival, Glastonbury. There was more footage of tents but this time it was full of festival goers, people camping for fun. The comparison was stark and that’s where the initial idea for Bellmouth came from."
first draft of the script came in one go, in an afternoon. I
essentially closed my eyes, turned on the film projector in my mind
and then wrote down what I saw. Additional ideas popped up later in
the creation process but it all felt quite organic. What that
resulted in was a very wordy, overly descriptive script."
"I sent the first draft to an author and poet I’ve known for a while called Steven Camden. He was generous with his time and notes along with additional ideas and setups. Over the course of the next two months I wrote another 13 drafts. No major changes story wise, it was more moving scenes around, deleting scenes, working out the ‘flow’ and how best to tell the story subtly, efficiently and effectively. Charlie Covell, an extremely successful and award winning screenwriter, and huge supporter of this film, helped me enormously at this script stage. Charlie said that you should try and have only 3 lines of description per scene, the rest is up to the director to envisage. But since I was directing it too, the script felt part script, part script interpretation."