CHEERS TO US: Actress Catarina Hebbard and producer/director/co-writer Jennifer Ussi at the local screening of Clock Girl.
CHEERS TO US: Actress Catarina Hebbard and producer/director/co-writer Jennifer Ussi at the local screening of Clock Girl. Alistair Brightman

Film director draws on life

DESPERATE to have a baby, Christine visits a fertility specialist who tells her she’s too old and her eggs are “smoked out”.

Jennifer Ussi, director of new Brisbane-made film Girl Clock, knows exactly how that feels.

Christine is the main character in the film, which deals with life after 40 and an increasingly persistent biological clock, and Jennifer was able to create that scene with perfect clarity – because a doctor once told her the same thing.

That is part of the charm of the movie, she notes wryly – real things happening to real people.

Both Jennifer and Catarina Hebbard, formerly of Maryborough, attended the premiere screening of Girl Clock at Hervey Bay BigScreen Cinemas on Wednesday night – and both were delighted with the reception the film received.

Catarina plays Mikki, one of Christine’s best friends, and while Christine and their friend Margot get a lot of laughs in the film it is perhaps Catarina’s character that gets to the heart of what the film is all about.

Mikki is trying to come to terms with the ageing process and finding it isn’t always easy – especially when things that shouldn’t be sagging are and Botox is beginning to look like the only option.

“She represents a lot of women,” Catarina said.

“A lot of women go through that and have to deal with it.”

Mikki feels like she is disappearing as she is growing older – becoming invisible.

And while Catarina says she is

not quite as worried about ageing as her character, she does sympathise with how she feels.

“I go into shops and get ‘Madam’ or sometimes they don’t even look at you – you can start to feel invisible.”

The film is now screening at Hervey Bay BigScreen Cinemas.

To find out more visit www.girlclockthemovie.com.

“I go into shops and get ‘Madam’ or sometimes they don’t even look at you – you can start to feel invisible.”



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