Director: Emma-Kate Croghan
Runtime: 76 minutes
TV Rating: TVMA
Love and Other Catastrophes is a quirky 1996 Australian romantic comedy film featuring Frances O’Connor, Radha Mitchell, Alice Garner, Matthew Dyktynski, Matt Day and Kym Gyngell. The film was the first full length release by director Emma-Kate Croghan and is set and filmed at Melbourne University where she studied writing and film directing.
The film was nominated for five Australian Film Institute awards, including best film, best original screenplay, best actress, best supporting actress, and editing. Garner won a Film Critics Circle of Australia award for best supporting actress for her role in the movie.
The story revolves around University students and roommates Mia (Frances O’Connor) and Alice (Alice Garner), each of whom is experiencing various upheavals. Mia and Alice have just moved into a trendy apartment but are in desperate need of a housemate. Danni (Radha Mitchell), Mia’s girlfriend is keen to move in, but Mia fears commitment.
Mia, obsessed with her favourite lecturer becomes embroiled in a war of paperwork with the University administration as she attempts to pursue him to his new department.