Mary Anne Butler has been an actor, playwright and filmmaker whose films include directing The Second Tuesday and ... 'I am...' which was nominated for Fist Full of Films Award for best short film script. In 2010 Butler won the Darwin Festival Script Award for 'Dragons'. She holds a Master of Philosophy (Creative Writing) and a Master of Arts Education (Theatre in Education).
'A car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife, who has a deep, dark secret of her own. Broken entwines the stories of three complex lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the NT’s desert country.'
Source: Brown's Mart Theatre website. (Sighted: 7/12/2015)
'A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500klm of wide open road.'
'Mot wakes up one morning to find that her heart is missing from her chest. She can breathe; she has a pulse - but she feels… nothing.'
'So, she decides to go and look for it. With her Dog enlisted as co-pilot, Mot heads down the Highway of Lost Hearts: into the deepest core of the Australian outback - navigating red dirt landscapes, fire and flood, brittle dry-ness, vast salt lakes, age-old mountains and murky waters filled with lost souls. And the further Mot drives into the deepest heart of Australia, the more she realises that everyone around her seems to be missing some vital part of themselves.'
'And then there’s the Dog - full of her own canine wisdom, and trying to guide Mot back on a course towards hope - if only Mot would listen better.'
'An allegory for a country that's lost its heart, Highway of Lost Hearts is half gritty road journey, half magic realism and all heart. It leaves you pondering the question: when your heart goes missing, what lengths will you go to, in order to find it again?' (Source: Cyberpaddock website)