Hot Mess, the debut feature from Sydney writer and director Lucy Coleman, is gearing up for its festival run at Revelation Perth International Film Festival in July.
A labour of love, the micro budget film tells the story of Loz, a 25 year-old aspiring playwright who thinks she’s finally found the answer to all her problems… Its name is Dave.
Hot Mess made its North American premiere at SIFF as a favourite of artistic director Beth Barrett, joining the ranks of films such as Eighth Grade (Dir. Bo Burnham) and The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Dir. Desiree Akhavan) in her must-see picks of the festival.
“Hot Mess holds such a special place in my heart,” says Coleman. “It was made with a tiny bit of cash and a team of young, hungry creatives throwing their hats in the ring and giving it their best shot. I saw this as a chance to tell an unbridled female-lead story with a cast of incredibly funny young women. To evoke a story that felt completely honest and raw. The story came from a very personal space and was brought to life with such grounded irreverence and warmth by comedienne superstar-in-the making and great mate Sarah Gaul.”
The premiere of Hot Mess at SIFF coincided with the end of a year-long New York stint by the film’s star, musical comedienne Sarah Gaul. Sarah headlined shows at Club Cumming (Alan Cummings’ NYC cabaret and comedy hotspot) and is now back in Australia, having appeared on the Tonightly Show with Tom Ballard, a regular at She Said Comedy in Sydney, gearing up for her next one-woman stand-up domestic and international tour.
Riding off the overwhelmingly positive reception to Hot Mess, Lucy Coleman recently signed Yellow Creative Management in Australia, and now has her second feature film in development as well as a slate of TV projects.
You can catch Hot Mess at the Revelation Perth International Film Festival from Monday, July 8. Details here.
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