Chloe Boreham is the lovely French-Australian actress behind Gone Sweetie – a bilingual film which explores themes of mental illness and female empowerment. She’s given us the lowdown on her latest project and (of course) her best food spots in Paris and Sydney. Introducing Chloe Boreham x
- Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a French-Australian actress, coach and director, born in Sydney though call Paris my second home. I love cinema, photography, dinner parties, Sydney beaches…and can’t live without cheese :)
- Could you please tell us about your latest project Gone Sweetie? Why was it so important to you to have mental health as a key theme of the piece?
Gone Sweetie is a bilingual drama set in Sydney which centres around a troubled dancer who reunites with her daughter after losing touch with her in Paris. I have always been interested in films that explore complicated women like A woman under the influence, Betty Blue, Frances and Kramer vs Kramer; and I have known for a long time that I’ve wanted to make a film about a woman who is mentally ill. Having grown up with mental illness in my family, I am a huge advocator for getting the message out there. I believe we are in a time of change, where more and more people from all corners of the world are coming together to speak out about mental illness and I want to be part of that universal movement.
- You talk a lot about the importance of empowering women and shedding light on mental health, what is it about film that makes it such a good platform through which to do this? And how did you work these themes into Gone Sweetie?
I read this quote recently by Ingmar Bergman that says ‘no art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls’. I believe art is a reflection of society and film is such a wonderful visual medium to explore, challenge and connect with society’s views. I am passionate about creating stories that look at the plight of the WHOLE woman– her secrets, her flaws, her desires, her wants, her humanity; whilst also being interested in exploring the stigma attached around mental illness. The film connects with both these themes through the character of Tina – a successful dancer with a troubled past who struggles being intimate with those around her.
- As an actress, you’ve done a diverse array of work – how does this role differ to previous?
This work is the most personal as it has come from influences from my own life and from the lives of friends and family around me. I am also directing/acting in the film so wearing a few more hats than usual. It is also a bilingual French-English film and we’re in a time where having cultural bridges between Australia and countries like France is more important than ever.
- And, finally, changing course a bit, but we couldn’t help but notice that you divide your time between Australia and France. We’d love to know your top foodie spots in Paris and Sydney?
Find out more about Gone Sweetie on social media by searching the hashtag #gonesweetiefilm