"The Driving Seat" Official Selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival Fall 2016
One Saturday morning, a middle aged couple decide to make love in their car in the driveway to put a spark back in their marriage - only to find it has rather the opposite effect...
Phil Lowe has a twin background in creative arts and business psychology: after reading English at Cambridge University, he trained as an actor at The Drama Studio London, and worked as a writer and performer in young people’s theatre, and in radio comedy for the BBC and Capital Radio. He also holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from London University and an MA in Screenwriting from the University of the Arts London. Much of his writing work draws on his business background: he has co-authored two business books and was co-deviser and writer of seven series of The Board Game for BBC Radio 4. He has featured as a business expert on BBC Breakfast (BBC1) Today (Radio 4) and Newstalk (Radio 5 Live) and is a leadership consultant for a number of international companies. Phil is the author of two novels, The Mouth of the Fleet and Dying to Be Famous. He is currently developing a touring comedy theatre show and several scripts for the screen, including the dark RomCom Get Happy! which won the Grand Prize for comedy in the New York Screenplay contest.
I like to use comedy as a vehicle to get audiences to engage with themes that are more substantial than they might have expected; they think they’re watching a comedy, then on their way home find themselves having a serious discussion about what they’ve seen. This film started as a fairly light comic premise – a middle aged couple deciding to have sex in their car – but as I worked on the script, and then rehearsed with the actors, we found that we were exploring something quite fundamental about long term relationships. I hope that audiences will also find it equally funny and thought provoking.