A disparaged Theresa enters into a new kind of intensive therapy. Left alone in a room with a seemingly perfect version of herself she realizes this form of therapy isn’t conventional; it’s kill or be killed and she must discover her inner strength before this personified hatred wins and all is lost forever.
Writer/co-producer: Meeshelle Neal
Director/co-producer: Lisa Newell
Meeshelle and Lisa say:
“People have often asked me where I found my inspiration for writing Therapy and my response is that I was haunted by the story, enduring restless sleep for two weeks until finally I sat down and it wrote itself.
After we completed filming this piece I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. It was an extremely powerful and humbling experience to not only write the story but be in it as well. Playing Theresa/Theresa2 was difficult in ways I had never imagined. I was pushed to places I normally run away from/keep hidden but all throughout the process Lisa was there for me. She took care of me and the story so I could focus on the task at hand.
Working with Lisa I found a kindred spirit, someone who understood what I was trying to say and brought her own interpretation adding aspects I hadn’t thought of before. She feels that Therapy is a film that has many different levels because it delves not only into how individuals perceive themselves but also how we see ourselves as members of society.
We as humans have a tendency to be our own worst enemy. Fear can be healthy, it warns us of danger, stops us from engaging in activities that may harm us and, if conquered, can bring a feeling of accomplishment that outshines all others.
The battle that Theresa fights against herself is one that in many ways we battle each day. The end result is not to destroy that fear and negativity but to figure out where it comes from and accept our inner plight. Theresa discovers this and comes to realize that she needs Theresa2 just as much as Theresa2 needs her.
I hope you feel a kinship to Theresa’s plight. It was always my intention to share this story with others so we feel connected, empowered and fulfilled.”
About Lisa Newell
An aspiring filmmaker from Calgary, Alberta, Lisa has followed her passion for the arts from a young age. With an extensive background in theatre, she spent five years working toward obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing theatre at the University of Calgary.
Moving to film, she has directed a number of short films of different genres and looks forward to pursuing her passions in filmmaking even further.