Thankfully, Brooks left that worldand turned to writing and directing her own films.
In 2006, she debuted her firstfeature, Loving Annabelle,the story of a rebellious, passionate and preternaturally self-assured Catholicschool girl (Erin Kelly) and the object of her desire, Simone, a guarded yet smolderingblond teacher with a tragic past (Diane Gaidry).
Elaine Atwell: May/December relationships don’t typically hold much interest for me, because the power dynamics tend to be either A.
A hot young thing shows a tired old fogey how to have a good time or B.
Loving Annabelle went on to win film festival awards from Long Islandto Melbourne, and two years later is still a top-selling DVD with a legion of devotedfans.
Brooks recently met with me to give her first in-depth interviewabout her new film, Waking Madison, whichreunites her with Erin Kelly and also stars Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Roemer (Disturbia) in the title role, and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under).
It goes against how we have been socialized to follow the rest of the herd, regardless of what our inner knowing tells us.