september, 2019

201928sep2:00 pmLove in the Time of AntidepressantsPaul Gallasch | AUS, ITA | 2018 | Documentary | 68 min | English w. English subtitles | German Premiere2:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:German

Film Info

Paul is about to turn 30 and still looks after his mentally ill mother. When he meets the woman of his dreams, he decides that if he’s ever going to make a new life of his own, he must first find a cure for his mother’s illness.

Filmmaker Paul is about to turn 30 and is still living at home with Susan, his divorced mother. Susan’s been in therapy for depression and other mental conditions for the past 20 years. She hasn’t made much progress and relies on medication. She functions but she’s not happy. When Paul meets the woman of his dreams he begins worrying how Susan will go on? When he finally leaves home, Paul decides that if he’s ever going to make a new life of his own, he must first find a cure for his mother’s illness.


“Local director and loving son Paul Gallasch brilliantly captures the most intimate journey of his mother’s heart-wrenching—yet illuminating—ordeal with mental illness, antidepressants, and family trauma…Over the course of 67 minutes, we form a relationship with these two individuals, and Gallasch’s self-reflective voice-overs poignantly offer us insight into the human condition, without being too depressing.” – Collage Adelaide

With amazing candour and brutally honest self-reflection Gallasch examines his family’s troubled history for answers, and maybe even a cure. Love in the Time of Antidepressants is an often shocking, surprisingly humorous, and extremely personal exploration into mental illness, the nature of suffering, family bonds and the responsibility we have to each other.

Gallasch’s short film Killing Anna won the prestigious Australian Documentary Prize at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival, as well as the AIDC F4 Award for ‘Outstanding New Documentary Talent’.

Director: Paul Gallasch
Writer: Paul Gallasch
Producers: Katrina Lucas, Paul Gallasch
Executive Producer: Matt Bate


Festivals & Awards

Adelaide Film Festival

Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKER

Thin Line Film Festival

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival