Tell us about yourself and your project?
I’m mother of 2 young children. I am a writer of novels and screenplays. A lover of movies and TV shows and appreciate anyone who is trying to create something new. My project is a short film, ‘When Rosie Died’, about a young wife and mother who gets run down to the point where she literally turns into a Zombie… and nobody notices! This will be my first short film and my directorial debut.
How did the idea come about?
I kept hearing people around me saying ‘I feel like a Zombie’ and not just mothers but all kinds of people and I thought ‘there’s something in that’. Then I watched a movie called Warm Bodies which showed this new idea of coming out of Zombiism with a bit of understanding and kindness and it all just came together from there. I focussed the zombiism with the main character on post-natal depression but really it can represent any mental health issue.
What do you most hope to achieve with this project?
While I have not personally had to deal with post-natal depression I understand being so tired that it is hard to function, that you really do feel like a Zombie. I know there is a lot of judgement and stigma attached to depression or any mental illness and I feel like perhaps this movie can represent the middle ground, the understanding for those who don’t have depression but can understand what this feels like. I hope this movie can raise awareness for post-natal depression in particular and show the slow progression in a new way. I hope someone may be able to see this and relate it to what’s happening in their own lives and reach out for themselves instead of just retrospectively realising they had it later on. I hope this movie will help to make the first year of someone’s child’s life something they can look back on with joy and not pain.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about telling stories that change people’s perspective. I am passionate about showing a different reality in order to make us rethink our own.
What’s your background?
I have co-written three feature length films with Warren Jarrett of Mickenmich Films, which have all been shot in and around Adelaide over the last 4 years. I have a Masters from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Creative Writing and a Post-Grad qualification in copy-editing. I have written a young adult fantasy novel which is currently with a couple publishers upon their request and I have a number of feature length screenplays on the go. I have also written my next short film ready to go once this film is finished.
What does winning Awesome mean to you?
This is amazing, the $1000 will pretty much cover all my expenses except for the music licencing for which I will be starting a crowd funding campaign soon. This grant just takes a weight off my mind, and pocket, and allows me to make the movie as authentic as possible.
Any tips for applying to Awesome?
If you truly believe in your project just be authentic about what you’re doing and why. The response to this idea has been astounding. All you need is a great idea.
Anything else to add?
Thank you so much Awesome Foundation!