Emma Forrest’s memoir, “Your Voice In My Head,” to be turned into a feature

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 20th, 2011

Despite having her beloved screenplay for Richard Linklater’s LIARS (A-E) jettisoned along with the film as a whole after it fell apart, writer Emma Forrest has become quite a hot name in the world of Hollywood.

Deadline is reporting that the writer’s soon-to-be-published memoir, Your Voice In My Head, has been picked up by Ruby Films, who have optioned the rights to the book. The piece was written while the writer was dating Colin Farrell (who is called Gypsy Husband in the book), which saw the writer suffer from bulimia, cutting, and ever her surviving a suicide attempt before finally searching for some help with a psychiatrist who brought some stability to her life. Not the lightest of material ever, the film definitely sounds interesting, and with Ruby Films behind it (they are also behind films like JANE EYRE and TAMARA DREWE), there is quite a bit of potential here.

I am a relatively big fan of the writer, whose LIARS script is one of the better yet-to-be-produced screenplays I’ve read in some time. Here’s to hoping this one doesn’t suffer the same fate.

Here’s the novel’s synopsis:

“Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms. A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.”

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