The young woman stands in front of the bathroom mirror – an internal battle raging.
Does she follow her impulses and sleep with her new friend on the first date, or take a more conservative course and quietly usher him to the door?
It’s the kind of dilemma that has plagued countless women and more than a few men as they navigate the perils of dating.
And that makes it perfect fodder for a new web series, to be shot in Byron Bay next month.
Freudian Slip is a six-part comedy series exploring the inner turmoil that accompanies romance and dating.
Each bite-sized episode explores a different dating dilemma from a woman’s perspective, and the competing voices in her head.
Local writer and director Clare Sladden says the series will ‘externalise women’s doubts and dilemmas’.
‘It’s a little bit like the age-old internal battle between the angel and the devil,’ says Sladden, 36.
‘But we’ve gone a bit more Freudian, incorporating the idea of the super-ego that always wants to do the right thing, versus the Id which is all about acting on impulse.’
Featuring the acting debut of well-known journalist and commentator Ben Law, the series was inspired by Sladden’s own experience of dating’s trials and tribulations.
Freudian Slip is due to be shot in mid-December and released in March next year.