Experiencing Interruptions?

Now What...?

Now What...? explores the messiness of heartbreak and the shock of loneliness when you lose your first love. This film is a tribute to my early twenties and how confusing it was navigating both old and new relationships in an isolated world.

  • Jade Bowell
  • Rosie Meader
    Everybody Loves A Wedding
  • Jade Bowell
  • Jade Bowell
  • Lauren Ivory
  • Ben Lawford
  • Zahara Zithoo
    Key Cast
    "Lisa "
  • Ewan Peddleyd
    Key Cast
  • Fen Leon
    Key Cast
  • Jade Bowell
    Key Cast
  • Hazel Sherritt
    Production Design
  • Ben Lawford
    Director Of Photography, Camera Operator, Colourist
  • Indy Jo Woodward
    Assistant Camera
  • Luke Lohmann
    Gaffer/B-Camera Operator
  • Kevin Coogan
  • Imogen Huntley
    Script Supervisor
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    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 AUD
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Director Biography - Jade Bowell, Rosie Meader

Jade Bowell is an up-and-coming director and actor who is thrilled to be sharing her directorial debut, 'Now What...?', with festivals this year.
In the past year, Jade has been branching into other fields within the film industry, including producing and being a production assistant/runner on several different film sets. With a passion for storytelling, Jade's experience as an actor has given her a unique perspective and understanding of the filmmaking process, which she has brought to her work as a director.

'Now What...?' is a story that is very close to Jade's heart, one that she has been developing since the beginning of 2021. Drawing on her experience as a writer and producer, Jade was able to bring her creative vision to life in her directorial debut. With a steady head and a deep understanding of acting techniques and styles, Jade worked collaboratively with her cast and crew to create a cohesive and powerful film that resonates with audiences of all ages.

As a multi-talented filmmaker, Jade is committed to continuing her work in writing, producing, and directing. With a clear vision and exceptional leadership skills, she is set to make a significant impact in the film industry in the years to come.

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Director Statement

Drawing inspiration from the hit TV series 'Euphoria' created by Sam Levinson, my short film 'Now What...?' offers a raw and honest portrayal of a young woman's life turned upside down by the end of her first serious relationship. Through the character of Nat, we follow her journey as she navigates through the complex emotions of heartbreak, trauma, and social media in a world of drugs and isolation.

Nat's desperation to distract herself from the pain of being alone for the first time leads her down a dangerous path of self-discovery, from sexting and partying to experimenting with LSD. The title of the film, 'Now What...?', echoes Nat's feelings of being lost and unsure of what to do next after losing her primary source of distraction - her boyfriend Lucas.

As the entire world grapples with feelings of isolation in the midst of a pandemic, Nat's journey serves as a reflection of the loneliness and confusion felt by many in their late teenage years and early twenties. I believe this film will resonate with a broad audience, particularly young women who have experienced the mixed feelings of dread and guilt associated with the end of a relationship, as well as the liberation and euphoria of newfound freedom.

Ultimately, 'Now What...?' is a story about the universal human experience of growth and self-discovery. I hope that my film will provide a powerful and relatable glimpse into the complexities of young adulthood, leaving audiences with a sense of both hope and empathy for Nat and her journey.