Hopeful Romantic

2021 | Australia | 11 mins | 2.39:1
Genre: Romantic Comedy | Heartwarmer
Themes: Disability | Relationships | Love
Disability represented on screen: Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome)
Language: English, with Closed Captioning available

Synopsis: Daisy is looking for love but it’s all going terribly wrong. If only she could be someone else, someone ‘cooler’. After encountering a ‘cool’ girl in a bar bathroom, Daisy learns things aren’t always as perfect as they seem and decides the only way to find love is to be completely herself.

Starring Special Olympics Gold Medalist Chris Bunton and Daniel MacPherson (Neighbours).

Behind the Scenes (BTS)


Daisy – Rae Pastuszak
Miles – Chris Bunton
Erin – Lianne Mackessy
Chris – Daniel MacPherson


Director – Kate Vinen
Writer – Kate Vinen, Lianne Mackessy
Producer – Kristen Hodges
Cinematographer – Simon Koloadin
Production Design – Eirena Sapounas
Editor – Danielle Boesenberg
Sound Design – Chloe Turner
Composer – Scott Majidi

Festival Screenings & Awards

Bentonville Film Festival 2022 (USA)
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2023 (Australia)
Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2023 (Australia)
Darwin International Film Festival 2023 (Australia)
Australian Womens Film Festival (AWFF) 2023 (Australia) – Winner: Best Film, Best Comedy, Best Screenplay, Best Actor & Audience Award
Canberra Short Film Festival 2023 (Australia)
Oska Bright Film Festival 2024 (UK)