All round here’s just bog really, with concrete rolled on top. You want to grow trees you don’t plant em in concrete do yer.
A Rites of Passage drama set in 1980s Basildon, written and to be directed by Vincent.
Jes and Chris are teenage siblings growing up in a dysfunctional nuclear family. Their mother, Pet, is clinically addicted to prescribed drugs (valium), and their father, Rod, a new council house owner, is obsessed with home improvements. As Pet puts herself through voluntary withdrawal, and Rod’s DIY fetish develops to the point of insanity, Jes and Chris do as best they can dealing with their sexuality, creativity and political awakening. Each of the protagonists is looking for their own way out of a new town that appears to have them incarcerated as lab rats, culminating in unforeseen tragedy. It is, strangely, also a love story.
Originally commissioned by the BBC. Fully developed, ready to shoot at a sub-£1million budget.