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About the project
LOCKLINEA short film about whether you can be a Good Woman when you might be a Bad Mother.

BROKEN MEATS follows Emma and Rachel, both part-time mothers, who meet each other by chance in a cafe and delve into a discussion of whether you can be a good woman when you might be a bad mother.

The development of BROKEN MEATS

Jodi Gray was asked to write a short play using King Lear as a springboard by Salt Theatre Company. On re-reading the play, it struck Jodi that the absence of the mothers really unnerved her. So she thought she'd posit what might have happened to Lear and Gloucester’s wives, why they weren’t around, what could have happened that would make them leave their families. And so she wrote the play Broken Meats.

Motherhood, and its intrinsic challenges and prejudices, aren’t often spoken about openly, despite the many mothers struggling with it. It’s therefore imperative that we tell this story, this perspective of the topic, of women who choose to not be the full time carer of their children.

The production

In 2016, we created a screen adaptation of BROKEN MEATS so that we could share these two mothers’ stories with many more people than the play had been able to. In July, we shot the short film in Terry’s Cafe in Southwark with the help of the BAFTA award-winning Fortune Films.

We have a hugely talented team bringing this production together. One of our leading ladies, Chloe Pirrie, starred in the Oscar award-winning feature The Stutterer earlier this year.

However, we need a final financial push to cover our post-production costs to complete the film and share this story with you all.

We are aiming to create a 10 minute long short film which we’ll submit to film festivals and use to secure support for a feature-length version of the same film.

With your support, we can bring this important story about motherhood to audiences across the world, and use it to challenge conventional views of a woman’s duty to her children.

Many thanks in advance!

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Quote that inspired the maker

A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats... and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch
William Shakespeare, King Lear