Robbie Pickering, Writer/Director, “Natural Selection”
It’s not often that a filmmaker has the guts to allow his characters to be real people — flawed and at times self-serving, even when their own moral codes say to be selfless and giving.
But Robbie Pickering has found those guts and splayed them on the screen with “Natural Selection,” an honest, moving film about Linda White (Rachael Harris) a devout Christian whose husband won’t be intimate with her because she cannot bear children. He has, however, been visiting the local sperm bank over the past 20 years making regular deposits, a fact hidden from Linda until he suffers a debilitating stroke there.
Pickering spoke to The Film Yap about his film, about carefully basing his film on real life, on creating characters who do more than serve an archetype and on making a film about conservative Christians without bringing politics into the equation.