I Don’t Care (Channel 4, 2010)


“I Don’t Care” was Pete’s debut broadcast screenwriting credit in British television. The original thirty minute drama, directed by Harry Wootliff and Exec produced by Emma Burge and Touchpaper Television, launched at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. It then aired on Channel 4 as part of the network’s “Coming Up” season of single dramas created by new and emerging British directors and writers. As well as being credited as the drama’s writer, Pete also received an art department credit for creating some of the film’s art and props.

Starring Iwan Rheon, Paloma Faith, David Leon, Di Botcher and Mark Benton, the semi-autobiographical film tells the story of Luka, a gay carer given a rare day of respite on his birthday. Desperate to find his lost youth before time runs out, Luka embarks on a journey of self discovery with the enigmatic Dan. Dan’s a drifter with no cares in the world who promises Luka a birthday to remember . . . but at what price?

Written from Pete’s own experience of being a gay carer in his twenties in a remote seaside town, “I Don’t Care” is now distributed internationally by Peccadillo Pictures as part of its “Boys on Film: Cruel Britannia” collection of films. The original screenplay was released as a limited edition book to mark the tenth anniversary of the film, and the film has been archived in the BFI’s film catalogue. In late 2019 Pete published the original screenplay as a limited edition book to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film.