Actress Juno Temple and Writer/Director Katharine O’Brien
The L.A. Film School and Jeff Goldsmith present Lost Transmissions Screening and Q&A. This film is about Hannah (Juno Temple), a shy songwriter, who discovers that her friend, respected record producer Theo Ross (Simon Pegg), has lapsed on his medication for schizophrenia. Hannah rallies a group of friends to help commit Theo to a psychiatric facility, chasing him as he outruns his colorful delusions through the glamour and grit of Los Angeles. From the highs of rock ‘n’ roll to rock bottom, it’s a story of the unsung heroes behind the hits and the inadequacies of our mental health system. (Synopsis via Rotten Tomatoes)
Juno Temple and Katharine O’Brien answered questions on the red carpet before the screening. Here’s what they had to say.
What was it like working with Katharine O’Brien?
Juno Temple: Honestly, magic. I read the script and responded immediately and then I got to go and sit down with Katharine. For me, the script read very honest and personal and felt like something somebody had lived through before. When I sat down with her and she was honest about her experiences, it felt like a brave and beautiful journey that I wanted to dive into with her. Katharine is an extraordinary woman.
Have you ever done a role like this?
Juno Temple: I’m definitely attracted to roles with women that are figuring things out. So in that sense, I’ve played characters that are learning things. This is the first time I’ve done a role about a girl that has somebody coming into her life with mental health issues. I’ve played a girl with her own mental health issues, which I know Hannah is in this but she is very much learning about schizophrenia through this man she treasures in her life.
What advice to you have for aspiring filmmakers who are just getting started?
Katharine O’Brien: I’m kind of jealous of you guys honestly. You came of age in a time where I feel like there are so many avenues to make movies. Even the way young people absorb and process information from a very young age is sort of like this Dadaist explosion of images that are non sequitur. I have to wonder what kind of future filmmakers is that going to make. I think it’s really just about making stuff and getting it out there. If you do something again and again and again and get better at it, you’re eventually going to find your own momentum.
Listen to the full Q&A with Juno Temple and Katharine O’Brien
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