Chalet Girl has now been in cinemas for almost three weeks. We were the highest new opener in our first week and look set to take over £2 million in our box office run. A decent total, maybe not quite as much as we might have hoped for (damn that sunshine) but certainly no disgrace. The critical and audience responses have both been gratifying, and what a massive learning curve the whole process has been. Some of the ‘lessons’ are outlined in this old post.
But now, it’s time to move on. The cinema run will continue, and the subsequent distribution ‘windows’ will open and shut over the next couple of years. But I’m looking to the future, and am excited about the many new projects that I am getting stuck into. I’m talking to the producers Harriet Rees and Pippa Cross about our next joint venture. I’m doing a detailed rewrite of the ROMEO AND ROSALINE project that I discussed in one of my first posts, while my writing partner Donald Rice completes filming on his own Felicity Jones project. I’m about to start work on an adaptation project for Matador Pictures, which will be announced shortly, as well as pitching for another couple of jobs. And of course, there are all the little ideas that are incubating away in my writerly nest, waiting to see if any of them will hatch into something special. In all of these I hope to apply my experiences from the great Chalet Girl script-to-screen journey, to learn from my mistakes and write better scripts, and to make new and exciting mistakes in the future.
I will continue to blog, when I feel like I’ve got something to say, and in the meantime let me leave you with a few memories of my Chalet Girl adventure.