Tell us a little about yourself:
Right now, I’m having a serious crack at having a career in the film industry, as a writer or producer. I’m incredibly lucky to have a partner who is willing and able to support me in this, so I don’t have to work full-time for the first time since school. It’s still very early days and I don’t know how long it can last, so I’m making the most of it. I live in Brixton in the same flat Paul Laverty, Ken Loach’s screenwriter, lived in. I hope that’s a good omen.
I was born in Rotorua, in New Zealand, and I’ve moved around a lot. I went to eleven schools in four countries: two were boarding schools. My family’s unconventional too and now we’re scattered all over the world, but we’re close. I’ve been very lucky.
What one thing are you most proud of in your years so far?
In a few important areas I’ve known what I stand for and stood up for those beliefs. I’m by no means perfect or even nice, at times. But I do stand for something.
Or having the sense to stay with my partner, who reminds me to enjoy life.
What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
World peace or if not inner peace? I’m not sure I even want to live that long. I want quality not quantity.
What one thing have you seen in your lifetime which has changed the world the most significantly?
I was born the year man walked on the moon. My childhood was full of civil rights movements, the end of apartheid, sexual liberation, women’s rights. Hope, even peace. World War II had taught us all a lesson about the capacity of humanity for self-destruction and we were having a serious go about improving social conditions and opportunities, and reaping the benefits of doing so.
Now it’s all chicken little ‘the sky is falling in’…everyone running about like headless chickens fomenting fear and loathing and panic. At the time in human history when we have the most knowledge about how the universe works, suddenly the whims of gods are having influence over our lives again. All over the world, small elites of wealthy men are trading on their god’s name to deprive people of basic human rights. It’s bloody depressing. For all our advances, nothing’s changed. Humankind was progressing, enabled by science and we stuffed it up with greed. I hope we’re smart enough to stop it before things get really bad.
What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Soon you will get boobs. Bigger than most of your classmates. You will be called Dolly Parton and feel grateful you aren’t Community Chest like the other girl. You will be considered a slut because you have them. You will think you’re fat because of them and stop doing sports because of them which will, ironically, lead to your getting fat. Love them anyway. They are awesome.
And don’t give up sport!