ROO, a mid-age Australian woman is trying to carry on with her day-by-day life while struggling with ad-hock panic attacks.

Trying to find out the source of the panic attacks and gain back control over her life, she ends up in the studio of a therapist that suggests hypnoses as a form of cure.

Reluctant at first she finally agrees with his therapeutical proposal when the panic attacks become more frequent and harder to manage.

Under hypnosis, she discovers that the source of her anxiety comes from the fact that she and her friend had a close encounter with forcers outside our planet.

  • Adrian Samson
  • Adrian Samson
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2023
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Sydney
Director Biography - Adrian Samson

Adrian-Dumitru Samson is an Australian-Romanian visual artist with experience in photography, art installations and a pure calling for filmmaking.

Starting his Writing-Directing film experience with the short Masa Tacerii (Table of Silence) a film about the post-communist way of living, the social and political processes that were set in motion by the communist regime, and are still present today in the daily routine of Romanian people. He worked as Production Manager and 1st AD for The Dam a short film Directed by Dr. Andrew Sully, produced META, directed Late Dinner and The Ball just to name a few.

Most recently the short film With You that he co-directed won the Director’s Vision Award at the University Of Sydney Screening Awards.

His educational background from Bucharest National University of Arts and Sydney University helped him understand how to use the most moving experiences that he went through and explore his alter egos, his dreams, and his perceptions.

His artistic identity comes from the thirst for telling stories that express ideas and values about the lives around him and his daily observer routine helps him sharpen his skills in finding material that is of interest to his art.

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Director Statement

Lost is a drama short film that delves into the intriguing concept of memory manipulation, infused with a touch of science fiction.
Inspired by a vivid dream that startled me awake one night, the film became a canvas for me to explore the intricate interplay between anxieties, fears, childlike curiosity, and daydreaming.

In the dramatic world, the character Roo embodies the essence of countless individuals in my life who yearn for respite from the unexplainable sensations brought about by anxiety and fear.

Roo symbolizes those friends who willingly embrace any narrative or story that offers an escape from their overwhelming emotions.

Hopefully, the film serves as a catalyst for introspection, urging viewers to question and challenge their own narratives.

Some of the biggest challenges in developing and shooting the story were more internal than external.

How to present the story that my mind generates and how to explore my own art fueled by anxiety?