Writer-director Romi Trower’s debut feature What If It Works? is set to make its world premiere at the 2017 Cinequest Film and VR Festival in San Jose next month.
What If It Works? is inspired by Trower’s own family history. It stars Linsten Morris darling Brooke Satchwell, as well as Luke Ford (Animal Kingdom, The Black Balloon, Red Dog) as Adrian, an irrepressibly chirpy tech nerd who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He connects with his new neighbour, Grace (Anna Samson, Skylight, Birdland; The Leftovers), a street artist with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
“My interest in telling this story is born of my personal experiences,” said Trower. “My older brother has a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and my aunt is a psychiatrist who specialises in Dissociative Identity Disorder, whose career sparked my fascination with this disorder.”
“Over many years, this has deepened as I’ve had the privilege of getting to know individuals with DID and attending their therapy sessions. With What If It Works?, I wanted to share some of their stories, with kindness and honesty.”
The film, which was produced by Tristram Miall (Strictly Ballroom, The Black Balloon), will screen in Cinquest’s ‘New Vision’ section, which showcases films that look to the future.
An Australian release is set for late 2017.