Hot Mother

A mother and her daughter are going through a major crisis. Lack of understanding on one side, rejection on the other. They hope that a visit to a spa hotel in the mountains will help bring them closer together again, but as the questions grow more intimate in the sauna, the conflict escalates. The situation intensifies to a tragic impasse, which the director and screenwriter depicts as a physical and psychological nightmare.
by Lucy Knox
with Erana James, Alison Bruce, Ballantyne Haines
New Zealand 2020 English 15’ Colour World premiere


  • Erana James (Sofia)
  • Alison Bruce (Naomi)
  • Ballantyne Haines (Receptionist)


Written and Directed by Lucy Knox
Cinematography Adam Luxton
Editing Paul Rowe
Music Evelyn Ida Morris
Sound Design Maxwell Scott
Sound Ant Nevison
Production Design Leigh Stockton
Costumes Sarah Voon
Make-Up Nikki Milina
Casting Stu Turner
Producers Evie Mackay, W.A.M. Bleakley

World sales

Paper Road Productions

Produced by

Paper Road Productions

Swag Film

Lucy Knox

The award-winning screenwriter and director has made short films that have screened at festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International ShortFest as well as being presented at MoMA. She works in both fiction and documentary formats and is currently developing her debut feature film.


2017 I Will Treasure Your Friendship; short documentary 2018 An Act of Love; short film · Last Man Standing; short documentary 2020 Hot Mother; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020