When Love Comes
When Love Comes is set against a vibrant, urban lifestyle, where creative energy runs rampant and illicit substances fuel the artistic juices; where sex is always available, but love is elusive.
Katie comes home to New Zealand from Los Angeles. Stephen, her oldest friend, gives her a refuge in his house and in his heart. Stephen wants Mark, who writes great songs through a haze of alcohol, dope and confusion. The singers of Mark’s songs are Fig and Sally – they want knife-edge life and each other. Eddie wants Katie. Katie doesn’t know what she wants, as long as it’s not what she’s got. These six people journey through the ins and outs and ups and downs of love and destiny.
Director Garth Maxwell and long-time writing partner Rex Pilgrim began developing When Love Comes four years before making the film, following their screenplay collaboration on the highly regarded feature Jack Be Nimble which Maxwell also directed.
Television deemed it a little risque, but Maxwell and Pilgrim found the characters too compelling to let go, so decided to develop a feature script.
The pivotal character of Katie Keen was inspired by a woman Maxwell knew who’d had a number one hit at just fifteen years old. He was fascinated by the idea of someone who had experienced celebrity at an early age but has seen that moment pass; in the film, Katie is confronted by the fact that her dreams are out of sync with her reality.