The Independent Tuesday, 11th of March 2014
Jennifer Saunders has revealed that she is undergoing hypnotherapy to help her overcome procrastination and complete the script for the long-delayed Absolutely Fabulous Film.
The big screen version of her hit television show “is going to happen”, she told an audience at The Independent Bath Literature Festival yesterday, adding : “I’m writing it now; I have a deadline for the treatment.”
Revealing for the first time the extent of the struggle she has faced in writing the script for the planned film, first mooted in 2011, she said “ I’m actually having treatment, hypnotherapy for procrastination. It’s true. What my hypnotist said was to get rid of the backpack of negativity.”
The 55-year-old has a great incentive to finish the script this year: she’ll be out of pocket to the tune of £100,000 to her former comedy partner Dawn French if it isn’t finished. “Dawn tricked me on the radio,” Saunders said yesterday. “She bet me £100,000 that I don’t write it this year, so I have to. “
When asked about working on Absolutely Fabulous and French and Saunders, she said: “I’ve been very lucky in my life that I’ve been able to work with people who were my friends and are my friends. She added , “ A great thing about being in AbFab is that every air steward brings you champagne, because they think you must want to be drunk all the time.”
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness into which you allow yourself to enter, with the guidance of a therapist. This phenomenon can be used so that clients can create new positive realities for themselves or alter their perception of past events which may affect current behaviour.