Two 30 something friends meet regularly to walk around a park. Ostensibly they are there for the exercise. In reality they’re there for therapy. As they walk and talk, our hero discovers the key to realising your dream can be staring you in the face. While her friend learns that handing out advice can be very dangerous. They might just take it.
35mm Short Film – 17 mins duration - A La Vérité Films Production.
Starring Alice Garner and Alison Whyte, Writer/Director: Sarah Hatherley
Producers: Jenny Livingston and Kim Snow, Director of Photography: David Stevens
Winner Best Short Film IF Awards 2001 (A 'people’s choice' awards for Australian film).
International screenings - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2001.
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival 2000
Australian screenings include -
Brisbane International Film Festival 2001
Most Popular Short in audience poll.
St.Kilda Film Festival 2001.
World of Women International Film Festival, Sydney 2001.
Also included in the WOW National Tour.
MADC Short Film Festival 2002.
Getting a brief to write a prime time commercial for incontinence is probably not what you'd call a dream job for most advertising creatives. Certainly not back at the end of the 20th century when sanitary protection was still pretty medieval, let alone the dreaded 'inco' category. But for me, being briefed on Tena was a golden opportunity. I hated the advertising that had been done for years across the world, with elderly women being forced to deliver excruciating oblique dialogue beside tinkling streams. This had nothing to do with the reality of the problem. It crossed all age groups and was strongly linked to motherhood. I wanted to redefine the problem and give women recognition for their strength, not their bladder's weakness. This wasn't about old people who couldn't 'hold it together'. This was about one in three women who have had children suffering from bladder weakness. The secrecy around this taboo, made women of all ages feel terrible about themselves. To me, these women represented strength, and bladder weakness was yet another war wound of motherhood. There was plenty of support for do the pelvic floor work, in the campaign. But the purpose of this ad was to helped remove the shame, I decided to go one step further and celebrate their strength. The other joy was casting a bunch of heavily pregnant friends, none of whom were actors, to star in the commercial. Very real.
When I wrote this television commercial, again back in the 90s, I didn't plan to direct it myself. In fact Ray Lawrence (Lantana, Jindabyne) was going to direct it. We had worked together on quite a few campaigns by then, a great series for Dulux, even some Libra work, but at the last moment he had to pull out. So I jumped in. It was a fun shoot, and left some indelible memories. Being one of the few women on the shoot, and despite a bunch of very eager blokes, it was my job between takes to step in and use a chux to erase the tide line on the actress' chest each time the milk level dropped.