“Hot Mess was inspired by my own head spin of a crisis, and once the dust settled, it became of deep importance to me to tell what I recognised as a very generational tale,” says writer, director and producer Lucy Coleman of her alternately gut-busting and heartbreaking debut feature film. “Growing up in a fervent time of unearthing your most gutsy feminist self, it can be an awkward and embarrassing paradox, when the road gets rocky and you feel like you’re ready to throw it all away for a guy and a false sense of stability.”
Funny, sweet, charming, rambunctious, and blushingly candid, Hot Mess is the utterly contemporary tale of 25-year-old Loz (Sarah Gaul), a wannabe writer who seems intent on sabotaging her own success. Tipped to receive a coveted writer-in-residence gig with a cutting- edge theatre group, the talented Loz continues to offend the artistic director (played by Terry Serio), by coming up with graphic and confronting feminist-minded material. Discouraged by her disapproving mum (Zoe Carides), the hopelessly adrift Loz sees an unlikely saviour in the form of Dave (Marshall Campbell), a nice guy who might just be the solution to her permanently messed up love life. But is he too good to be true?
“Hot Mess is a mid-twenties coming-of-age tale of going about love, career and self-fulfilment all the wrong way,” laughs Lucy Coleman.
Packed with vibrant, honest performances and all-too-real characters caught up in the kind of emotional tripwires that anyone in the audience could recognise, Hot Mess announces a deft and original writing and directing talent in Lucy Coleman and a one-of-a-kind on-screen presence in Sarah Gaul. It’s a fresh and funny charmer, announcing a talented filmmaker and performer who you will be hearing a lot more from in the future.
Hot Mess is available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play, Fetch TV and YouTube now.
Summary: Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) returns to the remote outback town in which he grew up to solve the murder of an Indigenous teen, found in a drain under a highway. After years away in the city, Swan feels alienated from the police force, his community and his own daughter, but when he discovers there’s a serial killer at large they’ll all have to work together.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 15th August, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Ivan Sen
Screenwriter: Ivan Sen
Cast: Tony Barry, Roy Billing, Siobhan Binge, Zoe Carides, Lillian Crombie, David Field (Mr. Bailey), Ryan Kwanton, Robert Mammone, Aaron Pederson (Jay Swan), Daniel Roberts, Jack Thompson, Damian Walshe-Howling (Wayne), , Tasma Walton (Mary Swan), Hugo Weaving, Samara Weaving, Tricia Whitton
Runtime: 121 mins
SUBCULTURE MEDIA/THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘MYSTERY ROAD’’:
The first trailer for new Australian film ‘Mystery Road’ has just been released. Directed by Ivan Sen (‘Toomelah’, ‘Beneath Clouds’) and starring a swag of notable Australian actors including – Aaron Pederson, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, David Field, Damian Walshe-Howling, Tasma Walton, Zoe Cardies and Robert Mammone – ‘Mystery Road’ is screening as part of the Sydney International Film Festival and will be released in cinemas later this year.
Summary: There’s nothing more tightly-knit than a small town footy club. So when a scandal blows apart the Torquay Tigers, lives are thrown into chaos. After ten years away, one-time Torquay legend Tom Dunn (Ackland) returns to face his demons and pull the club back together. To reunite their team and rebuild their lives Tom and his mates will have to dig deep, face up to past mistakes and rekindle their love of football. After everything is done and dusted, it’s not about giving your best, it’s about doing your best.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 7th March, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Richard Gray
Screenwriter: Michele Davis-Gray, Scott Didier, Richard Gray
Cast: Oliver Ackland (Tom), Zoe Carides (Ally), Nick Farnell (Joe), Josh Helman (Morts), Anna Hutchison (Rose), Finn Ireland (Young Tom), Lisa Kowalski (Dee), Declan McGovern (Irish), Rose McIver (Sammy Walton), Bob Morley (Nick), Angus Sampson (Franky), Miranda Skerman (Julie), Charlie Terrier (Glenn Hyde), Jack Thompson (Coach Chang)