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Boldly combining the power of dance and cinema, Mari tells the story of professional dancer and choreographer Charlotte (Bobbi Jene Smith), as she prepares for a new show. Uniquely using the poetic expression of dance to drive the narrative, we follow Charlotte as her world is turned upside down when she discovers she’s pregnant and her grandmother Mari is coming to the end of life, forcing her to confront her past to choose the future she wants.
Mari was commissioned through the Film London, BFI & BBC Films' Microwave scheme. It premiered at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival and is set for release later this year.
Writer/Director - Georgia Parris
Producer - Emma Duffy
Cast - Bobbi Jene Smith, Phoebe Nicholls, Madeleine Worrall & Peter Singh
Choreographer - Maxine Doyle
Cinematographer - Adam Scarth
Editor - Napoleon Stratogiannakis
Composer - Peter Gregson
Executive Producers - BFI, BBC Films, Film London, Intermission Film & Boudica Films
Hwyl Films was set up by producer Emma Duffy as a place for distinctive filmmakers to develop their voices and ideas into original films.
Emma's first feature Mari, directed by Georgia Parris, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018, and will be released this summer.
As well as producing her own projects for Hwyl Films she has also acted as an executive producer for Wellcome on titles such as Eternal Beauty directed by Craig Roberts and starring Sally Hawkins, Girl Untitled by Sarah Gavron and Wildfire, the debut film from Cathy Brady.
She is currently developing her slate, including her second feature with Georgia Parris which is being developed with support from the BFI and BBC Films.