The first look reveal of Mari came as an exclusive in Screen Daily, officially announcing many of the wonderful people involved. Starring Bobbi Jene Smith as the lead, DoP Adam Scarth (Daphne, Apostasy), choreographer Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk Theatre), costume designer Holly Rebecca (I Am Not A Witch), production designer Bobbie Cousins, make-up artist Bean Ellis (God's Own Country), editor Napoleon Stratogiannakis (Apostasy) and casting by Aisha Bywaters (My Brother The Devil).
Full article here.
Abandon will be screening at Short Sounds Film Festival, Red Finch Film festival and the amazing Underwire Film Festival, a favourite of mine for their incredible work in promoting female filmmakers. Thrilled to say it's been nominated for the Underwire Directing Award and the Sound Design Award. Special thanks to Jo Jackson for the sound design & mix, and to Zands & Louise Anna Duggan for their beautiful score.
So happy to share that my first feature Mari is one of two films commissioned through Film London's Microwave scheme! The film is backed by BBC Films and the BFI. Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission has this to say:
"The latest Microwave selections combine bold ideas, complex characters and relatable stories that cast an unblinking eye on the modern human experience. These are films that come from very personal, individual places but immerse us in timely, universal themes. In short, they're exactly the kind of features we should be backing from the kind of filmmakers we want to support: those with distinctive visions and stories that need to be told."
More details on Microwave here.
Abandon to screen at the 2017 East End Film Festival.
On the 24th of June Abandon will be screening as part of the Performance Anxiety shorts programme at the Hackney Picturehouse.
Further event details here.
We can hardly believe it but Mari is through to the final round of the Film London Microwave scheme! Five of the six remaining films are to be directed by women, with three of the projects having all female teams.
More on the films here.
Shortlisted for the Film London first feature development scheme
So thrilled that Mari is one of 12 projects through to the first stage of the 2016/17 Microwave scheme. Myself and Producer Emma Duffy, have just finished an intensive week of 'Microschool' with the other filmmakers. The support and mentoring we received was incredible, so grateful that schemes like this exist!
More info on Mari here.