Rhona's big screen plans
PUBLISHED: 13:32 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 17:13 16 August 2010
Steve Ullathorne 2007
RHONA Cameron is exhausted. It s 11 o clock on a dreary late summer morning and a week-long run at this year s Edinburgh Festival has left the Scottish comic in serious need of some shuteye, writes Jason Goodyer
RHONA Cameron is exhausted. It's 11 o'clock on a dreary late summer morning and a week-long run at this year's Edinburgh Festival has left the Scottish comic in serious need of some shuteye, writes Jason Goodyer.
"I just got back from Edinburgh Festival a couple of days ago and I'm just shattered," she says groggily, "I just haven't been sleeping, so last night I just thought 'Oh god I need some sleep' and took a sleeping pill. It's just that couple of days after the festival. You have a lot of adrenalin pumping and when it all finishes you just collapse." After several gulps of strong coffee she perks up a little, but it isn't hard to see why she doesn't see herself as a 'morning person'. The comic is currently appearing throughout the UK on her One Nighter Tour and appeared at Croydon's Fairfield Halls last week. While she's excited about performing, she appears to be less than enamoured with the marketing side of the business, and nothing seems to be exempt from her scathing contempt - even the show's title.
"I don't know who has called it that," she says. "I guess the guy producing it named it. It's just one night in each place. Not that I am aware comics play any more than one night in a place. It's just a gimmicky thing I guess. When you put together something for Edinburgh you have to come up with 80 words for the programme to try and sell your show and that is usually months in advance before you have written it. What you want to say is: 'Look it's me, so and so, either you know me or you don't. I've obviously had quite a good career because I can do a tour, so come along.' but you can't." Cameron started performing as a stand up in her native Dundee in the early 90s and quickly made a name for herself with her trademark blend of skewed observations and cutting wit. She has since toured the UK extensively, is a regular fixture at the Fringe and appeared on TV on her own sitcom, Rhona.
Despite her success as a comedian, the 42-year-old is perhaps best known for her appearance in the first series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, where she won herself an army of new fans with her candour and vitriolic ranting. Since then she has kept up a hectic touring schedule and still managed to fit in the time to wrote two books: 2003's 1979 A Big Year in a Small Town, an autobiographical account of her childhood, and last year's The Naked Drinking Club. "Things that just fell in my lap by chance, like I'm a Celebrity, gave me a lot more money and opened doors into mainstream television that I tried and didn't like, but I guess helped my publishing house feel more confident about giving me a book deal.
"It's a whole big mixed bag of things until you start to find your thing and this year is the year I am going to take the bull by the horns."
The proverbial bull she is referring to is a film treatment of her first book. She says there has been a lot of interest in bringing it to the big screen since its release, but things are moving slowly due to her insistence that she directs it.
"I haven't yet directed anything, but I know that I could direct. I feel like I'd be a natural. I could have had it made by now, but I'm not having anyone make it. I want to do it all by myself. I met with a well-respected old hand in the business recently and asked her advice. She said she would take a gamble with me but she doesn't know if others will because it's a very Americanised film market. People want things that are tried and tested. "If a film's a hit they will go: 'Oh we need something else around this theme because they liked that'. It's really becoming very homogenous, so trying to do something a bit different it can be harder. It is going to require some hard work and patience and it will be a long ball game which I am very happy to play.