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When Dark Times Come

6m Drama 2021

Region: Tilba NSW

Unclassified: No age restrictions

A film about the relationship one has with fear and how, through embracing its darkness, we can find the light.

Director Lily Stewart is an Australian actor, writer and filmmaker born in London, England. In 2018, she graduated from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Acting and since then has appeared in various Australian-made tv shows and films including The Other Guy (Stan), My Life is Murder (Network 10), Barrons (ABC), Mother Mountain (Moving Films Productions) and Ascendant (Fox Studios). Lily’s personal films explore growing pains, spirituality and the human experience.

Director Monty O’Brien Lead by curiosity and magic, Monty O’Brien encapsulates subtle themes of youth, wonder and raw emotion within his art. Raised on the coast of New South Wales, Monty is a freelance film director and cinematographer, known for works such as Afends campaigns and music videos for artists including Elodie Gervais.

“This story came together at a time when Monty and I were both going through a very fearful period. Being in our mid 20s, there was this fear of having big dreams and not being able to achieve them, fear of being in a new relationship (Monty and I were about 4 months into ours), and, of course, there was fear of the rapidly transforming world due to global crisis. As much as we wanted to escape these fears and not experience any discomfort that came with them, the only way to be free was to face and feel what was going on for us.

I very much feel that human beings have a tendency to suppress darker emotions and experiences. We live in a culture where positivity is acceptable and negativity is not. Yet, it is imperative for us to experience the full gamut of our emotions in order to live a balanced life. This film, for us, comes as an artful reminder to embrace fear and it’s darkness, as true peace lies in acceptance.”

Writer

Lily Stewart

Writer

Monty O'Brien

Director

Lily Stewart

Director

Monty O'Brien

Language

English

Country

Australia