Simone Lahbib was born on February 6, 1965 in Stirling, Scotland as Simone Nicole Jean Lahbib Ould Cheikl. She is an actress and producer, known for Wire in the Blood (2002), Da Vinci’s Demons (2013) and Philomena (2013). Swipe Right is her directorial debut.
I wanted to make a thriller that takes the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster ride with high production values, despite the small budget, using a female strong team, dealing with the theme, ‘violence against women’, which is an issue I feel very passionate about, as a woman who cares about other women and as a mother with a teenage daughter.
Im really happy I achieved my goals and delighted with the result.
I’m very fortunate to have made so many great contacts over the years working in the film and tv industry as an actress and more recently as a producer and was able to call on some very talented creatives to collaborate on this project. As well as the wonderful cast, crew and production team, I feel indebted to Executive Producer, Bill Bossert, editor Kyle Waters, sound designer, Oguz Kaplangi, BBC News reader, Anna O’Neill, DJ, Crystal Lucas, singer, songwriter, Melanie Masson and composer Somer Bingham who wrote the wonderful end score especially for Swipe Right. So you can understand why I feel so fortunate as a first time writer and director.
Swipe Right follows our main protagonist, Clare (played by Christina Chong) through her shocking experience online dating. Something, as she tells her friend, is “..how it’s done these days..” Which seems very true for many busy young professionals. We see Clare swipe right on a male profile she likes and whilst flirting via an app, she arranges to meet Steve (played by BAFTA winning actor, David Elliot) for ‘a date’ soon after.
After they leave the club Clare feels more tipsy than she expected given she didn’t drink that much so Steve offers to give her a lift home. After Steve leaves things take a very dark turn when Clare can hear an intruder in her flat whilst she lies, barely able to move on her bathroom floor.
I wrote the script after hearing about something similar happening to an acquaintance, which was the inspiration for Swipe Right.
I really hope the film will stimulate discussion and that perhaps charities or/and educational bodies might be interested as using it as a tool to open chaired discussions and lead to better advice and support to anyone worried about the dangers of online dating.