Breakthrough was the first film that I made and will forever be a touchstone for my life. I was not so much concerned with telling a great story as I was with being able to place the viewer into the experience in a very visceral and intimate way. I also wanted to push back against those who said doing drama was a very bad idea for a first time filmmaker. Dramatic work is where my passion is and I am so glad that I followed that passion.

I was also focused on could I (a) bring the images in my head to life on the screen and, (b) could I rapidly take a viewer into the raw depths of despair? I wanted to capture the final few days of an alcoholic hitting rock bottom, raw, artistic and reverent. I decided the best way to achieve this vision would be through an Experimental Narrative.

The film was bought by what was then, sobriety.com (its since gone bankrupt) where it successfully ran for about three years. I got some heartfelt comments on the site at the time, a few equally heartfelt emails. Although the film suffers from a variety of things, too much exposition, some clunky transitions in a few places, Im very proud of the work and the impact it had, the utterly courageous Tamara Jolaine who plays the lead.

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