Oft asked question. And not one that can ever be summed up in one clinical logline. When you see our short film, and I hope there will be many, many opportunities to do so, you’ll know more about what it is through the visual experience of it, and that’s why I wrote it sans dialogue.
I’m a fan of the less-is-more in most areas of life, but especially so in writing, and believe that scripts should be sparse enough to let a story unfold with unhindered visualisation. I get exhausted by endless dialogue, whether on the page or off it, and after all, actions speak louder than words; it is between the gaps that life is lived.
We experience each transient moment though all of our senses; how we feel is what stays with us. In my creation of it, IN RIBBONS is a feeling. A little girl’s feeling her way through a journey that she has no control over; a journey that will change her life forever. For the viewer, it is about seeing that journey through her very young and inexperienced eyes and perhaps, through our own emotions, we feel HER.
It is not a judgemental journey. It does not sensationalize that which is very personal and profound – not just for ‘Laurie’ – but for thousands of ‘forever’ children like her, taken on that same journey, some unwittingly tricked, some kicking and screaming, some so damaged, so desensitized that it didn’t really matter what the destination.
All need to be acknowledged. I hope IN RIBBONS does that, and in a respectful, honourable way. Telling it as it was; un-uttered explanations; unapologetic abandonment; unyielding walls. But also, and more importantly, it is an ode to the warriors. It is a eulogy to the human condition of unbreakable spirit.
Locked doors keep the darkness of that ‘otherworld’ inside, where the victim of the victim remains. In the stifle, in the grey deafening. And when they are gone, and we can’t remember who they were, but what they did, dear heart, the tears go wandering also. So what is IN RIBBONS about? It is how a warrior earned her shield.