Zak Ferguson – Being someone who has grown up with ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome, I have yet to see a representation of Tourette’s that I feel illustrates it in the way I have personally experienced it, so I suppose I’ve got to go out and do it myself
Zak Ferguson – As two writers who have come from different places, we wanted to create a story that not only is personal to the both of us, but allowed us to play to both of our strengths.
While I favour the process of structuring a story, I can’t for the life of me write dialogue I am satisfied by, which is why I worked on the screenplay with George Carmichael. Being someone who also suffers from ADD, and being a dialogue composer, George was perhaps the perfect writing partner from this script, as he was in charge of bringing the characters into the story.
While my previous screenplay “Dagger” also dealt with a mental health condition, psychosis, the difference with “Tourette’s and Zombies, the Musical”, is that this is the first time George and I are dealing with a mental health condition the two of us are personally familiar with.
While a lot of mental health films I have seen give a balanced view that everyone can identify with, the representations of Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD are written to explore our specific experiences of it, to show that Tourette’s at times can be so complex, even some people who have it themselves are still surprised by it every day.
Oh, and the 60s/80s part… when else would you want to see an exploration of drug culture?