Polly and Me


Just because we don’t see her, doesn’t mean she isn’t there.


Behind closed doors unfolds a story of neglect. An 8 year-old girl lives along with her mother and dreams of a better life beyond the walls of their small and dingy apartment. Isolated and lonely, the girl’s only friend is her doll, Polly.

Her mother works nights and sleeps by day, and despite best intentions, struggles to properly care for her daughter. As each day passes the girl is increasingly exposed to the destructive forces in her mother’s life.

When an invitation arrives to a family picnic in the park it seems like the perfect chance to get out of the apartment and do something with her mum. Her mother promises to take her — but so far life has been a series of broken promises. Maybe this time things will be different.

POLLY AND ME is the story of one little girl who has fallen between the cracks, and reminds us that just because we don’t see her, it doesn’t mean she isn’t there.

Writer/Director: Ian Darling

Producers: Ian Darling, Susan Mackinnon

Cinematographer: Peter A. Holland

Editor: Sally Fryer

Line Producer: Mary Macrae

Music: Felicity Fox

Sound Design: Annie Breslin

Production Design: Nicholas McCallum

Costume Design: Jo Briscoe