Respectable Girls (Merched Parchus)

Director: Claire Fowler, Created by & Starring Hanna Jarman & Mari Beard, Producer: Alice Lusher, Copyright: ie ie productions, S4C, Original soundtrack by Mercury Prize shortlisted musician: Cate Le Bon, UK, language: Welsh, 8×15′, 2019, Rights: World 

Single for the first time since she got boobs, and back where she was 10 years ago in her parents’ house – Carys (Hanna Jarman) the ‘rubbish feminist’ and the lazy author is failing – full-on failing. The only thing that has changed is that she’s got a 2:1 and no hymen. While everybody around her is managing to achieve insta-perfection, the only thing that soothes Carys’s broken heart is graphic American true crime podcasts, which offers her a complete escape from her misery. She’s determined to re-create herself as a functioning adult, but with Carys’s inner voice expressing her real feelings, her dark obsession creates bloody fantasies while she battles her fears, #lifegoals and her inability to take responsibility for her own happiness. While she depends upon her friends – Lowri (Mari Beard), Dan and Siriol and her family to solve all her problems, the fog of the crime stories and her self-obsession blind her to the problems of her friends.

From the POV of true crime obsessed, murder fantasist and lazy writer Carys – Merched Parchus (Respectable Girls) is a witty, honest and sometimes dark, social commentary on what it’s really like for Cardiff’s desensitised, social media generation of 20 – 30 somethings – as they strive to live, love and get their shit together.

The brilliant original soundtrack was created by Mercury Prize shortlisted musician Cate Le Bon.

Awards

Shortlisted for the 2020  Bafta Cymru