I am a London based writer and screenwriter, as well as mother of two, with a BA in Media and Cultural Studies. As an undergraduate I realised my passion in writing, basing my dramas on real life events, particularly those involving my Czech and Kenyan heritage. Having grown up in Kenya, with a myriad of experiences such as living through a political coup aged nine, or at seventeen being involuntarily caught up in a politically motivated riot amidst tear gas and riot police, this could only but inspire me to write short excerpts about such events. Motivated by my writing mentor, Seamus Finnegan – playwright and author of Cemetery of Europe, I went on to write screenplays and short story prose pieces.
I have since been shortlisted in the London Screenwriters’ Festival short script competition – 50 Kisses, placed as a finalist in ‘The Impact’ a Create 50 screenwriting initiative, as well as placing as a quarter finalist with a historical drama feature in the Hollywood based BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
Stories that appeal to me range from novels about the ordinary person’s real life extraordinary experience like ‘The White Maasai’ by Corinne Hofmann, to historical and time-sweep works such as ‘Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett, ‘The Source’ by James A. Michener. I am also particularly drawn to historical based films such as Steven Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘The Lives of Others’ by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, as their narratives leave great impact creating an awareness about past events, which in real life, bypass some but greatly affect others.
Currently, I am working on a number of writing projects including an optioned screenplay and in post production of a co-produced film project.
Email: danapierre at gmail dot com
Last updated: March, 2017