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Boldly combining the power of dance and cinema, 'Mari' tells the life-affirming story of professional dancer and choreographer Charlotte (Bobbi Jene Smith), as she prepares for a new show. Uniquely using the poetic expression of dance to drive the narrative, Charlotte’s world is turned upside down when she discovers she is pregnant and also that her grandmother Mari is coming to the end of life, forcing her to confront her past in order to choose the future she wants.
As the weekend with her family progresses, Charlotte’s own mortality sinks in, her identity unravels and truths about the women in her life surface. Lost, she is driven to find new meaning in places she'd previously avoided or dismissed, leaving her changed forever. With original choreography, MARI follows Charlotte on a personal journey that goes from her grandmother’s deathbed to the prospect of motherhood.
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2018 - Create Strand - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
95 mins
Georgia Parris 1st Feature
Emma Duffy
Executive Producer
Sam Cryer, Ian Davies, Rebecca Long, Lesley Kirkland, Maxine Doyle
Napoleon Stratogiannakis
Georgia Parris
Director of Photography
Adam Scarth
Principal Cast
Bobbi Jene Smith, Phoebe Nicholls, Madeleine Worrall, Peter Singh
Maxine Doyle

Production status


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Last updated 2nd May 2019

Production Company

A Small Town Film production with the support of BBC Films, BFI, Creative Skillset and Film London via the Microwave scheme in association with Intermission and Boudica Films

Small Town Films
338 Mare Street
E8 1HA

Georgia Parris