Working from a script by Mark St. Germain and adapted from his play of the same title the film also explores Freud’s unique relationship with his lesbian daughter Anna and Lewis’ unconventional romance with his best friend’s mother.
Director Matthew Brown says the film “asks the big questions, while investigating what is at the heart of the human condition: love, faith and mortality.” He also says the film is timely as “We live in an age that is so ideologically polarised, where everyone is stuck in their own tribes, with no real dialogue. I want to make a film for all audiences that is emotional, thought-provoking and creative.”
Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) was the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for evaluating and treating psychological problems. The therapy – often referred to as ‘the talking cure’ – explores the connections between the conscious and unconscious mind and how unconscious factors can influence relationships, patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour.