My Daughter, Susannah
A true coming-of-age story about the 1989 incident and aftermath of Susannah Birch’s mother cutting her throat during a psychotic episode when she was 2-years old. Set in Australia, the film focuses on issues of mental health, survival, forgiveness, sexual identity and a strong father figure.
The script is based on Birch’s 60,000 word memoir and over 10-hours of Skype interviews to flesh out details, dialogue and background information. It’s a classic coming-of-age story with an extreme metaphor: a mother takes her daughter’s voice, and the daughter must relearn how to speak to become her whole self. Susannah’s evolution follows the arc of silent victim (child) to verbal competitor (teen) to being purely independent (adult).