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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

The mother

Fortnight 2003, Feature film, 1H52mn

Synopsis

May is an ordinary grandmother from the suburbs. When her husband dies on a family visit to London, she recedes into the background of her busy, metropolitan children’s lives. Stuck in an unfamiliar city, far from home, May fears that she has become another invisible old lady whose life is more or less over…until she falls for Darren, a man half her age who is renovating her son’s house and sleeping with her daughter.

Director

Roger Michell

Following a series of successful theatre and television productions, Roger Michell rapidly made his mark as a film director with features including the box office hits « Changing Lanes », starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson, and « Notting Hill », starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. « Persuasion » was one of the first of the recent popular Jane Austen adaptations. His previous collaboration with writer Hanif Kureishi and producer Kevin Loader was the award-winning BBC mini series « The Buddha of Suburbia ». Michell has also directed the screen adaptation of his award winning West End production of « My night with Reg ». Michell’s stage credits include « Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange » for the National Theatre. Other credits include the feature film « Titanic Town », starring Julie Walters, the television film « Ready When You Are, Mr. Patel » and the mini-series « Downtown Lagos ».

Anna Wilson Jones
Anne Reid
Cathryn Bradshaw
Daniel Craig
Oliver Ford Davies
Peter Vaughin
Steven Macintosh

Screenplay
Hanif Kureishi

Image
Alwin Kuchler

Sound
Danny Hambrook

Editing
Nicolas Gaster

Music
Jeremy Sams

Set decoration
Mark Tildesley

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