"The real CRIMES are crimes v. humanity and v. the Earth. [...] Scrapping Human Rights is a crime. Austerity is a crime. Climate change is a crime. Mass extinction is a crime. Our whole financial system is a crime."
- Vivienne Westwood (in response to 'How Can You Sleep At Night?' song)
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From surviving the discouraging blow of being handed a damp (but clean!) towel from a guy who had enthused about her in his text messages but was incapable of providing adequate facilities for a proper shower, to ranting about getting a yeast infection because guys don’t have to consider such irritating consequences, Rowen Bridler explores the good, bad and the hideously ugly aspects of modern dating. Describing the perils of falling for a guy who ends up dumping her via text because she didn’t tell him off for one night of lacklustre sex compared to the previous fantastic one, versus the thrills of enjoying one night with a guy who courteously meets those two basic requirements of using protection and getting her off, these clever but poignant poems will provoke uncontrollable laughter or an avalanche of tears depending on the context. Whether you’re basking in the memory of the most amazing sex of your life or you’ve reached the point where you’d prefer a decent hookup to bypass any further mindfuckery because love is just too damned painful, then this book was written for you.
I specialise in film work and have acted in a range of period drama, surreal/noir and music/dance related films. A recent role was in the Danish TV drama/film ‘1864’ – Dir. Ole Bornedal. I played Johanna von Bismarck opposite Rainer Bock (‘A Most Wanted Man’, ‘Inglourious Basterds’)’s Otto von Bismarck. ‘1864’ was broadcast in Denmark in October 2014 and subsequently ran on BBC FOUR.
I also record voiceovers for clients. Find out more here. Or listen to my voice reel here.
Here’s a scene from the Nancy Bishop Film Acting Workshop:
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Having trained in Film Acting at the City Literary Institute and with private acting coaches and casting directors such as Nancy Bishop, Gabriella Santinelli, Bryan Radtke, Seth Michael May, Val Cozens and Michael Irving, I appeared in a number of independent films in London, including:
A film based on the book, “Steppenwolf” by Herman Hesse. I played the female lead, Hermine, who teaches Harry to dance and leads him into a new world beyond his literary safe haven.
Fate – Dir. Sel Omer Vedat
A film about a girl obsessed with Madonna, who takes to the talent show arena to prove her sense of self-worth and identity.
Singing to a Ghost – Dir. Noriko Aida
A drama-documentary about a woman’s life and history growing up in Japan and moving to London and the history of her father’s experiences of war that haunt her. I play a friend who’s in an abusive relationship and needs to find a way out and find a friend.
I decided to support Planned Parenthood with sales of my first book because it was apparent to me while spending time in the US that there is a great need for support with health matters in general, but my book was about love, sex and relationships specifically, so I felt this was an area that needed more support. As Planned Parenthood offers a way of getting free sexual health checks, contraception and other family (or non-family) planning help, it seemed pertinent to both my book’s content and the era we are living in. (That of less and less governmental support, coupled with lower and lower margins and a heap of judgment piled on women.) With Planned Parenthood clinics under threat and despised by the new administration (new as it was in early 2017) I felt that it was more important to support Planned Parenthood than ever before. I myself have been lucky enough to live in the UK and have access to free contraception for years, which people (men) always assume means I wanted to be promiscuous, but actually I needed it primarily and sometimes exclusively for making my periods less painful. But try explaining that to a male politician. We do not it seems, live in enlightened times…
I’m supporting a second cause with my second book - mental health - because this is the other side of the coin in healthcare. We need physical health care AND mental healthcare. Our politicians seem increasingly to chip away at our access to this, citing the necessity for austerity. Like Vivienne Westwood said, “austerity is a crime” - it certainly is if our governments decide to bail out businesses that fail (banks) but won’t put money into supportive services for its population. It strikes me that if everyone had access to the healthcare they needed at no burdensome cost, the country would run a little smoother. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think a country should prefer to maintain its citizens alive and well, rather than on the brink of suicide or barely coping. Wouldn’t everyone benefit from that? As a creative person struggling to make ends meet, which is so often turned around and blamed on us as ‘our fault’, the risks of being isolated and judged are that we end up ‘feeling alone in feeling alone’. Mental health services and charities like MIND, help prevent people from feeling like there’s no-where to turn. I seek to be “something or someone to turn to” with the music and books I create, but my work won’t be of solace to everyone, so let’s support charities that support those who’d otherwise feel cut-off and ignored in their own (often rarely discussed) struggle with their mental health.
Please feel free to consider donating to either of these charities directly here: