We sit down and have a chat with the Directorand writer of MENTAL PJ Hogan.
PJ Hogan’s first big hit was Muriel’s Wedding back in 1994 which launched his career and also that of Toni Collette. PJ then went on to direct Julia Roberts in My Best Friends Wedding, the last film we saw on the big screen of his was Confessions of a Shopaholic with Isla Fisher.
The Moochmore girls are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness – because if they’re not crazy then they’re just unpopular. Their mother Shirley – unable to cope with her demanding daughters and unsupported by her philandering politician husband, Barry – suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that “she’s on holiday”) he finds himself alone with 5 teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hitchhiker named Shaz and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters.
Mental Hits cinemas October 4th. Hit play below to hear the interview.