Motherboard is a smartphone feature film which documents the last 17 years of raising my son Jim alone. Motherboard will document each twist and turn of Jim’s childhood, from the thumbs up he gave me during my first scan to his first day at college.
Key stories include reconnecting with Jim’s absent father after over a decade, my breast cancer diagnosis, and the challenges of living with a teenager in a small London flat during a global pandemic. I have captured these intimate dramas with my smartphone, shooting on a near daily basis.
Over the years we see Jim grow up before our eyes. The bad times aren’t sugar-coated: we will see how family life is transformed by the bombshell of a cancer diagnosis and how the pandemic put us both into months of lockdown intensified by further health worries.
Motherboard is about a family which has known loss but has also known great joy. It celebrates the fact that families now come in all shapes and sizes . It begins with a personal story but it tells a universal story about how we can survive and push through crisis. Proof that bad times can make us rather than break us