Jamie is home alone in the historic cottage he shares with his partner, Brett, just outside Queenstown. It’s a rainy September afternoon in 1995. His day is interrupted by Luke, a creative director at an advertising agency in Auckland. Luke is down in Queenstown for a few days to escape Auckland. His rental car has broken down. He knocks on Jamie’s door and asks to use the phone to call for assistance.

What’s the real purpose of Luke’s visit? The more they find out about each other, the more their suspicions deepen below the surface of their conversation. 

Breakdown explores the way we tell stories about ourselves. Is narrative a smoke screen? Or is it maybe like HIV, a virus infecting the truth?