About the film
Charlotte, a successful contemporary dancer, is thriving in London with her latest show just days away from opening night, when she receives news that her grandmother Mari is dying. She heads to Dorset to join her mother and sister, but on arrival she discovers she's unexpectedly pregnant. Initially set on a termination, she starts to feel an unnerving sense of doubt as she watches her family contemplate losing their matriarch.
As the weekend progresses her own mortality sinks in, truths about the women in her life surface, and Charlotte's identity unravels. Lost, she is driven to find new meaning in places she'd previously avoided or dismissed, leaving her changed forever.
Subverting the family drama by using dance and original choreography, Mari gets under your skin to tell a nuanced story of one woman in a bold and dynamic way.
From the director
"Mari is an honest and relevant film about women and the choices we make in an age where we’re told we can and should ‘have it all’. Having used dance in all my films I’m excited to expand on its ability to simultaneously convey emotion, character and a strong aesthetic. My vision is to combine the physicality and innovation of dance with authentic character-driven drama for a unique film experience."
Meet the team
Writer/Director Georgia Parris
Georgia’s directorial debut was Brighter Borough, a fashion film using contemporary dance. It screened at London Fashion Week in 2012 and then went on to screen at the London Short Film Festival (nominated for Best Music Short), Underwire Film Festival (nominated for Best Composer) and also won Shooting People’s Film of the Month.
A Moment to Move was her first short drama, it premiered at Underwire Film Festival where it won the XX Award for Best Female Protagonist. It also screened at the London Short Film Festival, East End Film Festival and the Women Over 50 Film Festival, where it won awards in the Audience Choice and Best Drama categories. Georgia was recently profiled by the BBC as an emerging film director trying to address gender inequality within the film industry and is currently in post-production for her latest short film, Abandon.
Producer Emma Duffy
Starting her career assisting directors and producing shorts in Australia, Emma returned to London where she worked for the BFI and Film London, as well as producing commercials, music videos and shorts, including Oysters which was commissioned as part of London Calling Plus in 2016.
More recently Emma is developing a range of projects, including feature documentary Rocket Man following one man’s mission to fly himself into space and Pommel a Chinese and English language short backed by Creative England and Singaporean production company Refinery Media.
Emma has previously taken part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab and the Mini Meet Market at DocFest, and was selected for this year’s Birds Eye View Filmonomics scheme. As well as producing her own projects she also works on film and drama projects for the Wellcome Trust, bringing writers, researchers and ideas together.
Watch the trailer for Georgia Parris' first short drama - A Moment to Move.