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Sue Heel (Writing)

Having trained in film and video production, Sue Heel received a commendation for her graduation film at the 1993 Royal Television Society Awards. In 2003 she conceived, wrote and directed the feature film entitled SCHOOL FOR SEDUCTION starring Kelly Brook, Dervla Kirwan and Tim Healy. Recent projects include Granada Television’s Parents on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown.

What training have you received? Can you really be “trained” to write?
I think you can learn how to format a script or be taught about structure, but the real content of what you write has to be something that is already within you. I remember when I first discovered that I could write: I could read well before all the other kids at school and I was often allowed to read the latest book to the younger kids at “story-time”. I soon found out that I could keep the kids attention much better when I just made the stories up. This gave me the confidence to write my own stuff down from a very early age and I soon began exploring deeper and darker themes. I realised that I may have been quite an intense child, given that a few of the kids ran out in tears, but I just loved to write down my thoughts. Looking back, I guess that was training of a sort. But it felt more like my first job. In hindsight, I should have billed that school!

What themes do you like to explore in your work? Identity, loneliness, death, yearning, anger, betrayal—I’m a real barrel of laughs!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a writer? My own. It came to me a few years back and it’s very simple—“Believe in yourself and trust your intuition, you daft bitch!”

Most significant moment in your career so far…
Writing and directing a feature film but it was a hellish experience. I strayed from the path of my original intention to make a drama with comedic elements and instead made a comedy with some drama. I was young and naïve, and believed the “executives” when they told me that a lighter film would be more successful. Subsequently, the script and the film bear little resemblance to what I set out to make. I won’t fall into that trap again.

You’ll die happy when…
…one of my films is listed under the classic section.

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