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Mari (12A) + ScreenTalk with director Georgia Parris, producer Emma Duffy and DOP Adam Scarth


This beautiful dance-drama focuses on dancer-choreographer Charlotte (Bobbi Jene Smith), her sister and mother, as they deal with the devastating decline and passing of their matriarch, Mari.

When Mari’s health worsens, Charlotte (Smith) takes time away from working on a show in the City, to spend time with her mother and sister at Mari’s house in the country. Tensions in the house are palpable, but the family slowly begins to confront their strained relationships with one another and find a way through a time of shared loss.

With choreography by Maxine Doyle (Associate Director and choreographer at Punchdrunk), Georgia Parris’ debut feature is sprinkled with beautiful movements and showcases not only Bobbi Jene Smith’s exquisite dancing, but also her riveting acting performance.

After the screening we are delighted be joined by Simran Hans, who will be in conversation with director Georgia Parris, producer Emma Duffy and director of photography Adam Scarth

UK 2018 Dir Georgia Parris 94 min

Event running time approximately 130 min


‘Bobbi Jene Smith is excellent as a dancer attempting to reconcile motherhood, performance and family in this promising indie film‘

Georgia Parris is a writer / director based in London. Mari, her debut feature film commissioned through the Film London, BFI & BBC Films' Microwave scheme, had its worldwide premiere at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival. Georgia has made a series of award winning short films, specialising in the use of dance as well as putting women’s stories at the forefront of all of her work. Georgia is currently developing her second feature film with the BFI and the BBC.

Emma Duffy is a producer based in London. Emma's first feature Mari, directed by Georgia Parris, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018. As well as producing her own projects she has also acted as an executive producer for Wellcome on titles such as Craig Robert's Eternal Beauty 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.

Simran Hans is a culture writer and film critic for The Observer. Her work has appeared in or on publications including BuzzFeed, Dazed & Confused, The FADER, The Guardian, Little White Lies, Mubi, New Statesman, Pitchfork, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, SSENSE and Variety among others. From 2015-2018 she co-programmed feminist screening series Bechdel Test Fest, for which she won a Women & Hollywood Trailblazer award. She is currently the youngest member of the London Critics Circle.

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