Not a Wallflower

2019 | Australia | 8 mins | 2.39:1
Genre: Romantic Comedy | Heartwarmer
Themes: Disability | Relationships | Love
Disability represented on screen: Autism Spectrum Disorder | Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome)
Language: English, with Closed Captioning available

Synopsis: Ben is a spritely young man with a bright future. Living with autism is of no consequence for Ben, except when it comes to his boss, and finding love. Will Ben bloom beyond the wallflowers?



Ben – Ben Howard
Lucy – Audrey O’Connor
Mrs. Thorn – Mandy McElhinney


Director – Lianne Mackessy
Writer – Lianne Mackessy, written with contributions from Bus Stop Films students of 2019
Producer – Sarah-Jane Johnson, Kathleen O’Dwyer
Cinematographer – Lizz Vernon
Production Design – Anthony Fletcher
Editor – Julian Neuhaus
Sound Design – David McCarthy
Composer – Julian Neuhaus

Festival Screenings & Awards

Aesthetica Film Festival 2020 (UK)
Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2021 (USA)
WIFT Australia V-FEST 2021 (Australia)
CinefestOZ Film Festival 2021 (Australia)
Adelaide Film Festival 2021 (Australia)
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) 2021 (Australia)
Superfest Disability Film Festival 2021 (USA)
Tri Rivers Film Festival 2021 (UK)
Oska Bright Film Festival 2022 (UK)