When Mari, who is other worldly and has a disarmingly blunt manner, finds out that San, the geeky guy at the local newsagents, is having an arranged marriage, she decides she wants an arranged boyfriend.
Mari’s pin-up is a sexy, dark-haired catalogue model that she calls Clive and she wants her new boyfriend to be just like him. So San helps Mari sign up to a dating app with the profile: Catalogue model required – must be called Clive.
A curious assortment of Clives respond and Mari ventures on a series of dates. All of them are disastrous in their own special way because mostly these Clives are liars or just plain weird.
San runs the newsagents under the hawk eye of his ambitious mother Neera, who in the swirl of preparations for his socially advantageous marriage, senses something between them even before they do and makes it clear she doesn’t want Mari hanging around.
Things become more complicated when Mari’s boss Phillip, makes a pass at Mari and she records it all on her digital camera. Phillip sends Mari home, but then needs to get the footage back and stop Mari from sharing it with his wife, who is also Mari’s adoptive sister. Sacked from her job by Philip, dissed by her sister and chased away from San by Neera, Mari desperately holds on to a photo of her ideal Clive.
Meanwhile San, who realises that he is falling in love with Mari, speaks to his bride-to-be and is surprised to find he might have an ally since as Mari says, she is having “raunchy sex” with someone else. Will San stand up to his mother? Will Mari ever find her Clive? Most importantly, will Mari and San finally realise that they are made for each other?
FINDING CLIVE is a romantic comedy about two of life’s undateables.
Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Bridget Jones Diary, Harry Potter) and Roger Allam (The Hippopotamus, Tamara Drewe, The Thick of It) are on board for a shoot in 2019 with Melissa Parmenter of Revolution Films producing.