July 17, 2018

CTRL, ALT, DELETE Podcast: #139 Rose Cartwright On Her Book Turning Into A TV Show

​So excited to interview ​Rose, a writer & creative director and author of PURE.

​This episode was recorded at the BFI Southbank for my live mini series there called ​From Book to Screen.

I first came across Rose’s work in 2014 when I pledged for the book on Unbound called PURE – about Pure ‘O’ a type of OCD – in Rose’s case she would get intrusive sexual thoughts.

Pure is the true story of her life with intrusive sexual thoughts – a rampant but little-known symptom of the disorder. It tracks her journey from when she was first seized by graphic mental images to her eventual recovery through therapy, acceptance and love.

At its core, Pure is about uncertainty and insecurity- it’s about finding beauty in greyness, and embracing the unfathomable weirdness of the human mind.

I wanted to ask her about the process of how her book is being turned into a TV show as part of this mini series I’m doing called #FromBookToScreen. It is being adapted into Channel 4 adaptation of her memoir on the story of her life with intrusive sexual thoughts. It’s produced by Drama Republic (who have made Mad Fat Diary, The Honourable Woman, Doctor Foster) and adapted by the very talented Kirstie Swain) and airing on Channel 4 soon.

​She has fingers in pies, currently ​writing a film for FKA Twigs. Past projects include the relaunch of Channel 4’s Random Acts; writing the world’s first OCD chatbot; and developing This Girl Can – Phenomenal Women. Rose used to publish under her mother’s maiden name, Bretécher.

We spoke about what it’s like sharing a very personal mental health story, what it’s like having someone else play you on TV, how to self-publish a book and watch it grow, and what it means to spread awareness about Pure O.

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