The story is about expressing the complex nature of the mother and daughter relationship. My story will show that mothers and daughters don't always have a sister relationship like the Gilmore Girls. Sometimes the depiction of a mother and daughter relationship within movies tends to hide away from the raw and cruel side to a mother.
Having grown up in a household with a majority of women, general teasing behaviour was normal like pulling hair and stealing each other's clothes. However, there is another side to a mother and daughter relationship that isn’t often represented in movies. By using this story I want to expose the audience to a new representation of the way women are perceived and that mother and daughter relationships aren't always so kind and sweet.
My main inspiration when writing this story was influenced by the relationship between my friend and her mother. Growing up together I was exposed to a different side to a mother and daughter relationship and the different ways love and affection can be expressed. Obviously, the story I am writing is exaggerated quite significantly, but my inspiration was taken from the concept of how diverse mother and daughter relationships can be.
INSPIRATION THROUGH SONG
When I first listened to the song “Dream A Little Dream of Me” by The Papas & The Mamas, it gave me inspiration for the ending scene and overall style of the film. For me the song gives off an eerie nature, almost an uncomfortable feeling - to me the song expressed the emotional state of the daughter when she goes to pursue the final tragic scene. As has finally broken free from the chains her mother kept her in throughout her life, it is a defining moment for the character.
- ALYSSA COOK, WRITER/DIRECTOR