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A short story about a young woman, her mother and the desperate need to be honest...
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UPDATE 9.5.15 - WE HAVE A FEW DAYS LEFT OF OUR CAMPAIGN AND ALTHOUGH WE HAVE REACHED OUR TARGET YOU CAN STILL CONTRIBUTE! WITH MORE CONTRIBUTIONS WE CAN MAKE AN EVEN BETTER QUALITY FILM AND REALLY DO THE STORY JUSTICE. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL - EVEN £1!  PLEASE NOTE WE STILL HAVE AUTOGRAPHED PICS OF MIRIAM MARGOLYES AVAILABLE! 8TH REWARD DOWN! THANK YOU! 

SYNOPSIS
Lara has always lived in the shadow of her mother.   That is, until the morning of one life-changing decision that Lara knows, must be made alone. 

Storyboard by director Marc Hardman
Storyboard by director Marc Hardman

WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT
The story of MOTHER is that of a young woman named Lara who's struggling to find her own voice.  When she finds herself having to make an important decision, Lara has to decide whether this is her chance to finally stand up for herself and change her life forever or continue living a life that is not her own.

The heart of this film is about why we find it so hard to be who we truly are or say what we really want.  We're all much bigger on the inside, but when do we allow ourselves to show it? If only we could... what would happen? How would our lives be different? 

Lara (Jumaan Short) and Maria (Miriam Margolyes)
Lara (Jumaan Short) and Maria (Miriam Margolyes)
Director Marc Hardman, Director of Photography Ruaraid Achilleos-Sarll and Assistant Director Aaron Trinder on set of MOTHER
Director Marc Hardman, Director of Photography Ruaraid Achilleos-Sarll and Assistant Director Aaron Trinder on set of MOTHER

WHO WE ARE
MOTHER is a short film written by Jumaan Short, directed by Marc Hardman and produced by Reine Issa. It includes the wonderful BAFTA Award winner Miriam Margolyes in the role of Maria and the talented Jumaan Short in the role of LARA.

Jumaan Short – Executive Producer, Writer and Actress (LARA)

"The story of MOTHER comes from a desire to free ourselves from the masks we wear and from how the world tells us to be, look and feel.  What a relief that would be!"

Jumaan is an actress and new writer who is passionate about telling powerful, inspiring yet domestic stories.   She is currently developing several other projects.

Reine Issa – Producer

Reine studied finance and psychology before following her passion for films and working in film production. She has since worked on several short films and a feature and is now a freelance producer living in London working on several other projects. 

Marc Hardman – Director

Marc is a freelance Film Director and Writer with 15 years experience in the television and film industry. He is the founder of Luckycoin Films. In his broadcast career he has created work for some of the world's most respected brands (MTV, Nike, Nokia) at some of the UK's leading broadcasters and design agencies (English&Pockett, Lambie-Nairn, BBC, Discovery Channel). He has written and directed several short films including the award-winning comedy "WE ARE WHAT WE DRINK" and more recently the quirky comedy "THIS WAY UP."

More on Marc can be found here: http://www.luckycoinfilms.com/Latest-News

Luca Zizzari – Executive Producer

Luca is an actor as well as one of the executives on this film, although on the set of Mother he had many roles! He is passionate about film and theatre and is currently writing and developing a feature film of his own. 

Miriam Margolyes – Actor (MARIA)

We were honoured to have Miriam Margolyes in our film.  She was wonderful to work with and so hilarious it was hard to keep a straight face during shooting! 

Miriam Margolyes, OBE, is a veteran of stage and screen and an award-winning actress. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence, she also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Award for her role in Little Dorrit and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress in 1993 for her unabridged recording or ‘Oliver Twist’. Major film credits include Yentl, Little Shop of Horrors, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Modigliani and Being Julia among many. She also starred as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series. Miriam Margolyes is currently touring her one woman show: 'The Importance of Being Miriam' around Australia now!

You can see more here: http://beingmiriam.com.au

WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT TO US
This film is important to us because it tackles the basic concept of human interaction: communication. Good, open communication is vital but it is also easily neglected. The film focuses on the importance to speak up about what we want and how we feel and stand up for our own beliefs. The film follows the strained relationship between a mother and a daughter, but it can easily be applied to any other type of relationship. The story speaks differently to each person in our team and we each relate to it in our own way, with the different relationships that we have. We therefore believe that anyone can relate to the core theme of our film.

WHAT WE NEED
The fantastic news is that we have already shot our film and the rushes look brilliant.  We only need a bit of extra help to complete it and share it with the world. We need your help and support for our post-production phase, which covers the editing, colour grading, sound design and mixing, music composing and festival fees as we want to reach as wide of an audience as possible around the world. We had an incredible, dynamic crew who shot the film and worked for very little, we want to do the film justice also for them. Please take a look at our selection of rewards! Highlights include autographed photos of Miriam Margolyes - (8th reward on the right hand side) and her copy of the script with notes (last reward)! 

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Help us spread the word of MOTHER to whoever you think may be interested in being part of our film and thank you for taking the time to read our campaign! You can post our Kickstarter campaign page on your Facebook, Twitter or any other social media accounts you may have. Kickstarter is all or nothing - if we don't reach our target, we won't get a single penny!  So, we are grateful for any support you can provide.

Here is a link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mother/744484692333197?fref=ts

And our Twitter accounts:

https://twitter.com/JumaanShort

https://twitter.com/LuckycoinFilms

https://twitter.com/reineissa

https://twitter.com/ziluca499

CAST 

MIRIAM MARGOLYES as MARIA
JUMAAN SHORT as LARA
GERALDINE BRENNAN as THE RECEPTIONIST
MARCO APONTE as THE DOCTOR
TERRY SCOTCHMER as THE CABBIE 

Thanks also to actors GEORGIA WINTERS, MARIE RABE, ARON TRAUSTI and LUCA ZIZZARI who also took part in this.

THANK YOU FOR READING! :)

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Risks and challenges

Since we have already shot our film, the risks and challenges we face are somewhat lower, but you never can predict what happens in film making! However, we have a strong plan of action for the next few months, with our editor, sound mixer and composer all already on board. Since people are working around their other work/schedules and tours, time may be a challenge, but we will keep you notified of our progress at all times!

We are determined and certain that we will produce a beautiful film that you will be proud to have been a part of.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read about our project and thank you in advance if you decide to contribute. It means a lot to each and every one of us.

Love Jumaan, Marc, Reine, Luca and all of the crew x

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