Hwyl: a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy.
A production company based in London, we make films that move people.
“STIRRINGLY ADVENTUROUS... A STARTLING ACHIEVEMENT”
"HYPNOTIC... UNIQUE AND MESMERISING"
"INTIMATE AND UNDERSTATED"
"EMOTIONALLY SOPHISTICATED AND TENDER"
Little White Lies
“ACUTELY OBSERVED AND TENDER... A REMARKABLE FILM”
Sight & Sound
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 while her grandmother Mari comes to the end of her life.
Mari was commissioned through the Film London, BFI & BBC Films' Microwave scheme and premiered at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival was released in UK cinemas in 2019.
Writer/Director - Georgia Parris
Producer - Emma Duffy
Cast - Bobbi Jene Smith, Phoebe Nicholls, Madeleine Worrall & Peter Singh
Choreographer - Maxine Doyle
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, written and directed by Georgia Parris, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018, and was released in UK cinemas in 2019.
As well as producing her own projects she has also acted as an executive producer on titles such as Eternal Beauty by Craig Roberts and starring Sally Hawkins, Rocks by Sarah Gavron and Wildfire, the debut film from Cathy Brady. Most recently she has worked for BBC Film as Head of Development as maternity cover where she has worked across their slate.
She is currently developing further projects through Hwyl Films, including her second feature with Georgia Parris which is being developed with support from the BFI.