Winslow film maker seeks women born the exact same day for latest documentary

A documentary maker who will be 40 next year is looking for women who share her birthday to take part in her latest film project

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 9:41 am
Documentary maker Rachel Tracy

An experienced documentary maker from Winslow who will be turning 40 next April is looking for other women who were born on exactly the same day - with a view to making a documentary about their lives.

Rachel Tracy was born on April 27 1982 - meaning she will be 39 next week - and she's hoping to find 39 other women with exactly the same birth date to take part in her project over the coming year.

Rachel grew up in Winslow and attended Swanbourne House School. Although she now lives in London, she still has plenty of friends in Winslow, where her parents, Paul and Cathy Tracy, still live.

Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, Rachel has spent the last 14 years working on documentaries for major UK broadcasting companies. They include a Mary Portas programme about Barbie, a programme about MPs' constituency surgeries featuring Nick Clegg, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Naz Shah, which won her an award nomination, and another about a university graduate turned porn star. She has also worked on popular TV series such as Hospital and SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Of her latest project, she said: "Age is, of course, just a number and turning 40 is really no different from turning 39, seven or 64.

"But, in my case, the milestone comes at a point in my life when I feel at a crossroads - both professionally and personally.

"It's got me thinking: How are other women my age doing? What are they doing with their lives? And what are their dreams for their future?"

Rachel's own dream right now is to find 39 other women who were born on the same day as her, and uncover how their lives have panned out.

She said: "It's their stories, really, that are going to be foregrounded. Till I meet them, I'm not sure what those are going to be.

"Things happen in people's lives. For example, my relationship recently split up and I find myself co-parenting my two-year-old daughter. It's the sort of thing I never expected to happen."

Rachel said the tone of the film will be "warm, funny, intelligent and thought provoking".

"By trying to turn my worries into something constructive, the message of the film is positive," she said.

"This film intends to celebrate a whole host of women who are turning 40 - their trials, tribulations and resilience."

Once her film is made, Rachel hopes there could be a special screening at Buckingham's independent cinema The Film Place, where her parents volunteer.

If you are a woman born on April 27 1982 and would like to find out more about getting involved in the project, email Rachel on [email protected] or call 07903 806926.

For more information about Rachel's documentary work, see here