Sunday 8 December 2019

'Passion project': Laura's film debut tackles 'pressure to have perfect life'

‘Were constantly comparing ourselves’: Laura Whitmore wrote the screenplay and stars in ‘Sadhbh’. Photo: Arthur Carron
‘Were constantly comparing ourselves’: Laura Whitmore wrote the screenplay and stars in ‘Sadhbh’. Photo: Arthur Carron

Laura Harding

Laura Whitmore has said she wanted to use her screenwriting debut to tackle the pressure people put on themselves to have a perfect life.

The TV star has written and stars in the short film 'Sadhbh', about a young mother struggling with life but putting on a mask for the rest of the world. It will screen at the Irish Film Festival London.

The 34-year-old, who also plays the lead role, said: "I have a lot of friends who have kids now and, even without kids, you're kind of trying to have a perfect life, or what you think life should be, and what you think you should be able to cope with."

She added: "Every interview I was doing, social media would constantly come up, not even with people in the public eye.

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"We talk about press and media and paparazzi but I think everyone deals with elements of that now because of social media, we are constantly comparing ourselves, constantly feeling like we are not good enough, and struggling with who we are and what we should be."

Whitmore described the short film as her "passion project" and admitted she did not think anyone would ever see it.

The Irish Film Festival begins today and runs until Tuesday at the Regent Street Cinema. 'Sadhbh' will be shown on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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