Millie Lies Low
Millie, an architecture student from Wellington, New Zealand, has landed a competitive internship with a prestigious architecture firm in New York City. Her friends, family and professors have proudly bid her farewell as she takes this next step in her career. With her life in Wellington now on hold, all Millie has to do next is get to New York. However, she is suddenly struck with a panic attack right before her plane takes off and is unable to reboard after the attack subsides. Desperate and ashamed, she decides to save face by hiding in plain sight around Wellington until her next flight out. Suitcase in tow, Millie anxiously evades suspicion with the help of crafty social media and full-blown denial. Though narrowly convincing her friends that everything has gone to plan, after witnessing their lives without her, Millie's self-destructive spiral turns into a reluctant journey towards self-discovery.
An exemplary debut feature from Michelle Savill, this SXSW selection has been praised for capturing "the chaotic self-destruction of Fleabag and the anxious missteps of Eighth Grade," (FilmDaze). Millie Lies Low showcases newcomer Ana Scotney's comedic chops and proves to be a timely comment on mental health and the performative nature of social media.