Experiencing Interruptions?


Hopeless? Helpless? Hire a Mum!

  • Louise Hutt
  • Louise Hutt
  • Blair Munro
  • Barbara Hodge
    Key Cast
  • Louise Hutt
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Student, Other
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 26, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    60 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Tropfest New Zealand
    New Plymouth
    February 14, 2015
Distribution Information
  • Youtube
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Louise Hutt

With a love of photography and film from a young age, and becoming a published photographer at the tender age of 18, Louise headed to the University of Waikato to study a Bachelor of Media & Creative Technologies. Winning the Footage for the Future Film Competition with Why The Southern Ocean in 2014, and a finalist in Tropfest New Zealand 2015 with Hire-A-Mum, Louise has since been completing her Master's - with a thesis and webseries on New Zealand women film makers due November 2016.

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Director Statement

In 2014, my mum quit her full time job to look after my grandma, and once my grandma became well again, my mum was unable to find a job again, despite being an one of the first women in her previous job, as well as having run her own business for many years. I joked that she could always be a "mum" (not one of my best jokes) but as I was looking for a new film idea, Hire-A-Mum was born.

Hire-A-Mum is a parody of infomercials, examining how much physical and emotional labour mothers do for free, and if we were going to pay for that, how much would it cost? My mum briefly considered acting as a new career path after this movie, but too many retakes on the spinning chair made her decide it wasn't for her. She now works as a manager at an after school care - amusingly, a job very similar to being a mum.