Millie Lies Low 2021

Directed by Michelle Savill

After missing her flight to a prestigious internship, an anxiety-ridden architecture grad fakes being in New York while lying low in her home town scrounging for another ticket.

100 minutes DCP
sex scenes, offensive language, nudity & drug use



Ana Scotney
Rachel House
Chris Alosio
Jillian Nguyen
Sam Cotton


Desray Armstrong
Angela Littlejohn


Michelle Savill
Eli Kent


Andrew Stroud


Dan Kircher


Evelyn Ida Morris

Production Designer

Heather Hayward

Sound Designer

James Hayday

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Anxiety-ridden Millie is on her way from Wellington to New York for an internship at a prestigious architecture firm when a moment of panic causes her to miss her flight. She doesn’t have the money for another ticket, and a deep sense of shame prevents her from fessing up to her friends and family. So instead she lies low in her hometown in order to scrounge for another ticket, while using her wits and Instagram to convince her friends, boyfriend, mum, and the world at large, that she’s successfully living the dream in NYC. With her options running out she resorts to increasingly desperate schemes as her hastily constructed facade begins to crumble.