This 2-minute medieval comedy drama demonstrates how one plucky maiden found her own route to freedom. It’s already had over seven hundred thousand views* on YouTube, and has been used as an education resource in Irish schools to explore concepts like self-determination and creative thinking.
A Film Festival Favourite
‘Rapunzel – The Blonde Years’ shows how you can use your mind to creatively solve your problems in new and exciting ways. This short film has continued to screen at film festivals around the world since then.
Interestingly, in 2010, nearly two years after Rapunzel was made, the GHD hair straightening company made a TV commercial with a very similar concept. I wrote to the GHD marketing team offering to pitch script ideas for their next ad campaign, but they never got back to me. ‘Rapunzel – The Pond Years’ remains just a dusty script in a drawer.
Cast and Crew
Rapunzel was funded by the Screen Ireland (formerly known as the Irish Film Board) in 2008 under the Virtual Cinema Scheme. I and produced the script, and worked with talented director and social media guru Fiona Ashe could focus on adding her magic to the project.
*735,191 YouTube views as at 11 May 2021