Banwell woman writes pug film starring Beattie Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 June 2018
A film writer from Banwell has penned the story of a troublesome dog which will be released in cinemas this month.
Vanessa Davies moved to the village aged 15 and attended Churchill Academy’s sixth form.
Although she now lives in London, her family is still based in and around Weston, while her story for Patrick is based on her own experiences of dog ownership.
The ‘warm’ family film follows Sarah (Beattie Edmondson) and her unwanted pug Patrick who was bequeathed by her grandmother.
Needless to say things do not initially go to plan but the pair end up forging a strong bond.
Vanessa said: “My parents live in Banwell and that is my hometown if you like.
“The film is inspired by my own pug called Patrick.
“I was walking in a local park with my pug and malamute, and people just started talking to each other.
“I realised I had stopped and spoken to about 10 different people.
“You are never alone if you have a dog.”
Vanessa has previously worked on the promotion of films, including some in the Harry Potter series, but always had the ambition of producing and writing her own features.
She pitched her idea to a number of studios and Disney agreed to take it on.
The film was shot over seven weeks and is directed by Mandie Fletcher who has previously worked on Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
Vanessa says the team is ‘thrilled’ with the reaction the film has received so far and hopes it provides viewers with an ‘uplifting’ experience.
Vanessa added: “Having this very unlikely and unwelcome house dog changes her life – she meets new people and a new chap.
“It is a really simple and warm film anyone with a dog can relate to.
“We have been thrilled so far with the reaction to the film.
“We are quite excited about it and people seem really keen.
“I think the film will provide a really uplifting, fun, warm evening.
“I just want everybody to have a great night.
“I am writing my next project now so this is hopefully the first of many.”
Patrick will be released in cinemas on June 29.