Synopsis: With her grandmother’s impending death, 18 year old Mary returns to the family home in the country. She has a distant relationship with her grandmother and Mary finds it difficult to connect, instead developing a renewed mutual fondness with her cousin Cameron.

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via a statement from the director for Norwich University:
“I have created a short narrative art-house film primarily informed by modernist literature and personal anxiety. The young female protagonist suffers from an acute self-awareness in a story of simultaneous coming-of-age and childhood regression. The character’s emotional displacement is reflected though a static approach to cinematography with charged cuts, partly inspired by Japanese cinema. I play with fragmentation and off-screen space – strong visual storytelling influenced by the ‘pure cinema’ of Hitchcock, Bresson and Haneke.

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The film rejects easy sentiment, applying a formal restraint that avoids the dramatic and heightens the arbitrary. ”

I’m interested in small stories and embracing the anti-climatic, subverting it to internalise the drama and engage viewers in unexpected ways.

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Mary No More (UK)
Joshua Carver
24 mins

Mary No More (UK) will be screened at No Gloss Film Festival 2015.