Rapunzel – The Blonde Years

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.

Rapunzel stars former ski champion and stunt performer Orlaith Doherty as Rapunzel, and the hilarious Gordon Mahon as the dashing Handsome Prince.

*735,191 YouTube views as at 11 May 2021

2 thoughts on “Rapunzel – The Blonde Years”

  1. Hi Trisha

    Wow! What a wide, varied and wonderful career you’ve had to date…and why do I get the feeling that ‘It’s only just begun!’ as Karen Carpenter would have said. Delighted to come across you here. Although I only live across the fields (well the far arse end of east meath to be precise) from you, it was actually through Katie Tallo in the US of A that I saw your blog! I’m only a newbie but I’m like Alice in Bloggerland. Captivated, a little lost and loving it.

    Best wishes and looking forward to reading your novel

  2. Thank you so much for your feedback, Rosemary. I feel personally obliged now to keep to my commitment of writing an entire novel for National Novel Writing Month during November (#NaNoWriMo if you want to follow it on Twitter!)

    Good luck with your blogging – with Katie, Mary and Leo there cheering you on every step of the way, you can’t go wrong!


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