AWI Short Film Competition


Desiderium a short film about love, loss and recovery. The film is from the point of view of the main character Charlotte who records a time capsule reliving the ups and downs of her and Jack’s relationship after suddenly Jack takes his own life. It is a subtle take on mens mental health and the signs we do or don’t see.

“Desiderium” means the loss or grief you feel for something lost.

Content heads up: suicide loss, alcohol use, depiction of pills, grief

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Director: Maeve O'Haire

Born and raised in North London, Maeve has been performing since the age of 5. She trained at Mountview Academy for a year before gaining her place at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and moving to New York. She recently graduated from the academy's third year Company where she played ‘Penny’ in Bike America directed by George Heslin, as well as ‘Eleanor’ in Douglas Carter Beane’s original work Star Spangled. Since graduating she has created three short films, including “Desiderium” which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in.

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Depression causes severe, negative changes in the way you think and feel which makes it difficult to manage day-to-day tasks and activities such working, sleeping,...


Suicidality can be experienced by anyone, and it could be part of mental illness diagnosis or not. Approximately 90% of individuals who die by suicide...


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