For years, 16-year-old Olivia has been using her wits to hide the fact that she’s often in over her head. But now, between grappling with her eccentric family and her sexual identity, Olivia is convinced that getting her license against all odds is the only way to feel in control.

  • Isobel Bradbury
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    Coming of Age, High School, LGBTQ, Dramedy, Mother/daughter
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    United States
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  • Austin Film Festival
    Austin, TX
    October 23, 2021
    Second Round
  • The Academy Nicholl Fellowship
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 3, 2021
Writer Biography - Isobel Bradbury

Growing up the daughter of an artist and a software engineer, Isobel Bradbury developed her taste for contradiction at an early age. She wore combat boots to ballet class, proclaimed herself a skeptic of the supernatural while tattoo-ing a ghost on her ankle, and managed to be diagnosed with both chronic insomnia and narcolepsy at the same time (she’s particularly proud of this one). After transplanting her high-femme-spooky-Pacific-Northwest aesthetic to Los Angeles in 2016 to join the University of Southern California’s Writing for Screen and Television program, Isobel’s writing has continued to reflect her rebellious spirit. Her protagonists journey to discover their particular flavor of weird while re-defining family, finding unexpected romance, and learning to give the finger to fear. Like a sun burst on a rainy Seattle day, Isobel exposes the humor in dark situations, and the love in the midst of despair (and don’t worry, she still wears her combat boots in inappropriate situations).

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Writer Statement

I write stories about weirdos who want to be normal, normies who want to get weird, and what happens when you lock both of these people in a room and throw away the key.