Marnie Dickens is the creator and writer of the drama Thirteen, starring Jodie Comer, which aired on BBC3 player, BBC2, and BBC America. Dickens was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2015 and as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2016. She has a number of projects currently in development, including the period drama series Forty Elephants with Mainstreet Pictures/Hammer and an adaptation of best-selling sci-fi novel, Aurora, with EOne/Origin, in addition to projects with Big Talk, ABC, Working Title, and World Productions.
On the inspiration behind Thirteen:
There are obviously many real-life cases of abduction, but I was always fascinated by the aftermath. The miraculous escape. The supposed “happy ending.” I wanted to interrogate how that would look—whether anyone can come back into a life that had been put on hold and live it again. Fully. The notion of stunted adolescence really interested me; Ivy's taken at such a formative age, and then experiences such a warped version of reality, that she becomes almost frozen in time as the 13-year-old girl she was. It was through her interactions with Tim that I explored that the most.
On the forthcoming Forty Elephants:
Forty Elephants is a series about these real women who ruled whole swathes of London's underworld in the twentieth century. They were thieves, con-artists, the toughest of criminals. The show is about them as a family, why these women have been pushed into living these lives, and why society has no place for them. ★