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Diary lands film deal for struggling Bungay singer Lotte

PUBLISHED: 09:33 27 May 2011

Lotte Mullan performing and giving her anti-bullying message at Sprowston high school

Photo: Bill Smith

Copy: Rob Garratt

For: Archant

Archant © 2009

01603 772434

Lotte Mullan performing and giving her anti-bullying message at Sprowston high school Photo: Bill Smith Copy: Rob Garratt For: Archant Archant © 2009 01603 772434

Archant © 2009

She may not have landed the dream record deal yet, but a struggling singer from Bungay has hit the big time after clinching a film deal to tell of her battle to find success.

Former Bungay High School student Lotte Mullan started a blog chronicling her struggle for success which became cult reading and attracted the eye of a literary agent.

Now the 25-year-old’s frank entries about her efforts to find a deal, and love, are to form the basis of a film.

Producer Nick Moorcroft, who has scripted films such as St Trinian’s and Burke And Hare, was impressed by the Ellingham-born singer’s story.

Miss Mullan is expected to make more than £1m as a result of the deal to bring to life her online diary. It will tell of her encounters while doing part-time work experience at one of the world’s biggest labels, Warner Bros Records, as well as a stint at Sony.

Despite building contacts in the industry, she was rejected by firms and formed her own label, recording her album, making videos on an iPhone and booking her own gigs.

She was introduced to music by her father, now a teacher at Sprowston High, in Norwich.

“My dad was in a band and used to play gigs at weekends. As my parents were divorced that was when I saw him most so I would go out with him when he was playing – and I just loved it,” she said.

“I didn’t really like school and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do eventually so I didn’t study music formally but we had a piano and a guitar, and I used to mess around with them a lot.

“I left school and worked at Norwich Union for a year to save up some money.”

“I then went to New Zealand, where I lived in a camper van. That was when I bought my guitar and started writing songs.”

Her self-promotion led magazines such as Mojo and Q to review the early version of her album, which has now been revamped for another release next month.

Agent Julian Alexander, of the LAW agency, read her blog and signed her as a promising author. Then Moorcroft got on board, describing the proposed film as a music industry-based meeting between The Devil Wears Prada and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Mr Alexander said: “Lotte has an original voice that works as well on the page as it does in song.”

Mr Moorcroft said: “Reading a woman’s personal diary is a bit like going through her knickers drawer. It is something you just don’t do. Thankfully, Lotte allowed me to share her hilarious and eye-opening account of her journey trying to make it in the cut-throat music industry whilst simultaneously searching for Mr Right.

“Her daily entries are painfully honest, very funny and at times heartbreaking, which has provided us with rich source material for what we hope will be a genuinely funny and uplifting coming-of-age story”.

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