BAFTA-winning British filmmaker Carol Morley is fast making her mark as an innovative director and screenwriter of challenging, enthralling subjects. From her compelling docu-drama Dreams of a Life, a moving exploration of the life of 39 year old Joyce Carol Vincent,whose body was discovered two years after her death in her Wood Green bedsit, to last year's widely-regarded BFI and BBC film The Falling, chronicling the spread of a fainting epidemic in an English girls school. And this year sees the publication of her semi-autobiographical debut novel, 7 Miles Out, a darkly funny, poignant and searing portrayal of a teenager growing up in the aftermath of her father’s suicide.
It is 1977, Manchester is the underground music capital of the world, and in nearby Stockport, Carol’s fictional self, 11 year-old Ann, attempts to make sense of both her father’s life and his sudden death, whilst navigating the confusion—and liberation—that comes with adolescence. Together with her mother, whose silent grief belies her own complicated relationship with Ann’s father, Ann moves through her teenage years with a cast of vivid, often comic and sometimes damaged characters, trying to find her own way of surviving. She emerges finally into adulthood with an enduring curiosity for unravelling secrets and the lives of the apparently ordinary folk all around her, and takes this and her own early experiences in to the world of film-making.
7 Miles Out skilfully parallels Morley's own path to rescue herself from the edge. In conversation with journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer, this is a chance to meet one of our most exciting contemporary artists as she discusses her life, her work and the space where the two converge.
The author will also be signing copies of her book after the conversation.
Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
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Author photo © Paul Marc Mitchell