Genre: Anti Rom-Com
Written and Directed by Billie Piper
Status: In Development
RARE BEASTS is Billie Piper’s debut feature as writer and director. She will also star as ‘Mandy’.
Mandy is a career-driven single mother, elevated from her class by her career, who falls in love with the charming, religious, traditionalist Pete. It’s dark and flawed and funny. It is a also a fascinatingly personal comment on the price of modern feminism by one of the UK’s most famous women.
The film will shoot in 2018 and will be produced by Vaughan Sivell of Western Edge Pictures (Third Star, Prevenge) in association with 42 (Watership Down, Welcome to the Punch).
Executive Producers are Vaughan Sivell, Franki Goodwin, Mike Rattenbury, Will Kane for Western Edge Pictures and Josh Varney and Ben Pugh for 42.
About the Filmmaker
Billie Piper is an award-winning British actress and household name. After a successful career as a chart-topping pop musician, Piper went on to play the Doctor's assistant Rose Tyler in the BBC's reinvention of Doctor Who in 2005. She followed up her success by starring as the lead in The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, a hit TV series which she also supported as Executive Producer.
Her other work includes appearances in TV adaptations of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Most recently, Piper won outstanding critical acclaim for her role in Garcia Lorca's Yerma, winning among others the coveted Olivier Award for Best Actress, and making history as the only actress to have won all six of the available Best Actress awards for a single performance. Rare Beasts will be her Directorial debut.