What will i wear to your funeral ?

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20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

Kellie Curtain

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What will I wear to your funeral? Kellie has many questions for her mother and very little time, Pamela was dying. Her children don’t think they can fulfil their promise to ‘let her go’. As they care for Pamela there is love, honesty, laughter in all the wrong places and the gift of goodbye.



Short Summary

Kellie's little girls are skipping in the waves, it's picture perfect. Instinctively she wants to call her mum but she's dead. Life without her is new. Kellie begins to reflect on the last year: a cancer diagnosis, a baby, bright lipsticks and the conversations that allowed her to let her mum go.

Pamela's death is beautiful, her children are momentarily victorious. The funeral is just as she planned and the hearse drives off blaring the song the priest had banned. Kellie applies her mother's lipstick as her daughters' skip and twirl in skirts Nana made. Their new normal has arrived.


Melbourne, Australia. Though could be set anywhere

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Kellie Curtain

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Engaging,Outspoken,Blunt,Insecure,Confident,Honorable,Leader,Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Pamela Curtain

Age: 70

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Confident,Faithful,Gracious,Leader,Modest,Selfless,Decisive

Additional Character Details

Name: Stephen Curtain

Age: 39

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Masculine,Charming,Confident,Blunt,Decisive,Outspoken,Engaging,Faithful,Funny,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Father Dill

Age: 68

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Clumsy,Obedient,Honorable,Lone Wolf,Religious

Development Pitch

You’re invited to dinner with the Curtains. There’s lots of red wine, laughter and unfiltered opinions. What will I wear to your funeral? on the big screen would be a powerful, thought provoking, ‘ugly cry’ one minute, belly laugh the next, MUST SEE! It's Steel Magnolia’s heartbreak, with Caddy Shack humour. Pamela, the matriarch of the Curtain family has a year to live. Her adult children focus on saving her while the lover of bright lipsticks plans how she wants to die. Chemotherapy and a wig become part of the norm and are often sidelined by other events, a surprise party, a new grandchild, and the family dog dying on Christmas. Then suddenly Pamela’s becomes very ill. Her children take turns to care for her at home and she has the conversations many fear having. They're funny, honest and sometimes confronting. Kellie can’t comprehend a life without her mum but knows she can’t fall apart yet, she must ask questions while she still can. Do you want Wind Beneath My Wings at the funeral? How do I look after your orchid? What am I supposed to do without you? And just when she thinks she might break a priest’s blunder and a dented coffin keep it light. There’s no happy ending but there is love, laughter and a lesson in letting go. The take-away? Your death isn’t actually about you. Articulating what you do and don’t want will spare your loved ones potential angst and conflict. And talking about it won’t make it happen any faster!

About The Author

Kellie Curtain has a love of family, her tribe of women, good coffee, and red wine. A former Australian television news reporter, she wrote the book whilst living in the Middle East with her husband and four children. Kellie never imagined that she could or would write a book, let alone one about conversations with her dying mother. 'What will I wear to your funeral?' Is her first and (almost certainly) last.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self Published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available