Elaine Rides Again
Elaine’s husband has left and now the committed Christian fears she is losing her daughter too. Elaine tries desperately to connect with her through tandem bike riding and baking cakes, but this only pushes them further apart. As the gap between them widens, and Elaine struggles to deal with her daughter’s sexuality, they are forced to come to an awkward but tender reconciliation.
It seems neither of them will be able to move forward in life until Elaine accepts her new independence, which isn’t that easy when you’re 55 years old.
Michelle started developing the story after the completion of her first short film Betty Banned Sweets. She felt that she wasn’t done with the themes of Betty Banned Sweets and wanted to explore them further. Michelle also liked bikes and knew that she wanted a bike to feature in it as well. So with a bike and some ideas she began writing Elaine Rides Again.
Michelle on her inspiration.
I wanted to write something with a female character in her fifties because I was intrigued by the mother character that had developed in my first short film Betty Banned Sweets. She wasn’t a main character but I liked her and I had met similar people who became the basis of my inspiration. Elaine developed into an amusing lady, simple minded (but only from lack of education), and incredibly sweet hearted.
I set the film in a middle class suburban home and made it a Christian environment. It seems that everyone I meet has had some kind of church experience (including me) and these experiences are often quite amusing. I thought it would be a unique flavour to add to this story.