The Story of Karen Barley

Something strange is happening to Karen Barley… on Twitter…

Karen (Gemma Giddings) is convinced by her sinister boss to take on an outdoors project in an ancient Bronze Age woods in Surrey. Her boyfriend Darren (Benjamin O’Mahony) is excited about the mysterious legend of the Hurst and can’t wait to find a hidden path he’s heard of.

On first appearance the Hurst seems mundane, with traffic and people close by. But gradually they begin to experience strange sounds and druid-like signs. When Darren discovers the path, he opens a portal that lets in his Other.

Convinced that her boyfriend is trying to frighten her, Karen slowly spirals into a deadly paranoia that result in tragic consequences. And all the while her madness is played out for all to see as she uses Twitter to tell everyone “what’s happening”.

Yes. Twitter.

Writer / Creator Kristi Barnett will be using Twitter and Tweetdeck and YouTube and Facebook to smash out the first Twitter movie over a 3 week live period, using pre-filmed footage and photos and all kinds of other craziness.

Barnett says: “As a Writer, I am constantly stuck with a dilemma; how do I get my storytelling abilities out for the world to see? To have their screenplay actually filmed and released to the public is a huge achievement but very difficult to realize”.

With this in mind, Barnett has decided to use a different approach to getting her stories in front of the Public. “This is an experiment in storytelling that has not previously been done. Let’s show all the struggling writers & filmmakers who are trying to get their stories seen and heard that there is a way to push through the gates. I hope they’ll use our example to try it themselves.

You have to admit, it’s a bonkers concept and quite unique. It’s also a bold statement – rather than do it subtly like The Disappearance of Louise Paxton, they’ve boldly said “This is a Movie” – so it’s certainly going to be worth checking out.

To start following @KarenBarley on twitter get yourself to or jump on the Big Book of Face and check it out yourself.

The madness begins on 27th June (next Monday!) and lasts for three weeks, ending on a climactic video on the 23rd of July.

Go on. Start stalking Karen Barley today. Her life is about to get pretty weird…

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