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SXSW 2019

Book to Screen: Transforming My Mental Health Memo

In 2013, Rose Cartwright anxiously published an article in The Guardian about her battle with a little known subtype of OCD — Pure O. It sparked an international discussion about the misconceptions surrounding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and the dire need for cross-cultural conversations about mental illness. Five years later, and she’s gearing up to launch the first ever mainstream television show about Pure O on Channel 4 in the UK.

In this talk, Rose will speak to the process of turning her candid memoir into a television show that accurately represents the realities of a serious anxiety disorder. She’ll unpack the cultural implications that come with representing a complex condition on such a huge stage, and what her show means for the future of advocacy-driven entertainment.

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  1. How did Rose go about selling such a taboo topic to publishers in order to initially get her story out there?
  2. What was the creative process like in terms of transferring such a personal experience into one played by actors for mainstream television?
  3. What responsibility does the entertainment industry have in accurately portraying lesser-known experiences, most specifically, mental illness?



Lauren O'Shaughnessy, Marketing Coordinator, Ready Set Rocket

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Film & TV Industry
  • Level: Beginner
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