It’s hard when writing about cancer not to fall into clichés. And prostate cancer – that’s one of the embarrassing ones isn’t it? These were the thoughts on my mind when I first spoke to Paul about his personal cancer story and the possibility of me writing a screenplay for him. He wanted to tell his story. He wanted to thank Macmillan. He wanted it to be accessible and helpful to others. Funny but with a serious side; upbeat without belittling the experience.
Not too much to ask then!
So this film, Score Draw, is a collaboration between Paul and me. Paul is playing the part of himself in the film and, while he is an actor, this is a true story. His true story. And I think he does a brilliant job at portraying the many facets of a reaction to prostate cancer. While I’m proud of the writing, I’m even prouder of his message and it’s been an honour to help him achieve (hopefully!) what he wanted.
Thanks to Wendy Freer at Pudding Bag Productions for directing, filming, editing and showing Score Draw at Quick Flicks 2016, as part of Ashby Arts Festival.