Hot Mess

Hot Mess

Australia | 2017 | 77 minutes | Lucy Coleman

In this laugh-a-minute mumblecore slacker comedy out of Australia, budding playwright, college dropout, and complete screw-up Loz (comedian Sarah Gaul) sets her sights on a sweet-seeming divorcé, hoping that an upswing in her dating life will translate to a boost to everything else she's failing at.

Loz (Sarah Gaul) is 25 years old, a budding playwright, a college dropout, and a complete screw-up. She has a chance to be the resident writer at a local youth theatre, but she's more interested in writing songs about toxic shock syndrome, plays that reference her desire to make photo collages of her private parts as a half-assed political statement against former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and staying home and watching "Pretty Little Liars" until she passes out. And she hasn't had sex in over a year, barely remembering her last tryst with "Barbecue Chicken Guy." With nothing working out for her and a disapproving mother breathing down her neck, she sets her sights on sweet-seeming divorce Dave, hoping that an upswing in her dating life will translate to a boost to everything else she's failing at. Soon, she learns how hard it is to balance this new relationship with her small circle of friends—the only people willing to put up with this hot mess. Writer/director Lucy Coleman makes her feature debut with this ribald, distressingly relatable slacker comedy out of Australia, featuring a terrific lead performance from comedian/playwright Gaul.

Director Biography
Lucy Coleman is an Australian screenwriter and director. She graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School with a Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting in 2014 and was an active member of the Australian Theater for Young People. Her other projects include a web series called "On the Fringe" (2017).

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  • Director: Lucy Coleman
  • Principal Cast: Sarah Gaul, Marshall Campbell, Julia Robertson, Kendra Murphy, Zoe Carides
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Australia
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 77 minutes
  • Producer: Sheila Jayadev, Lyn Norfor, Martin Thorne
  • Screenplay: Lucy Coleman
  • Cinematographers: Jay Grant
  • Editors: Lara Benwell, Rolando Olalia
  • Music: Jack Hambling, Tom O'Dea
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP