Marigolds, short film from Stephanie Zari

Marigolds explores what goes on behind 'closed doors' of a seemingly normal family, living in a sleepy village. It exposes the fragile state of a 25-year lifeless and dull marriage, and in particular, the effect this has had on the state of mind of the mother.Susannah is living a typically quiet and dusty life in the suburbs with her husband Paul, when an unexpected visit from her son, Piers, surfaces a dark secret that has been brewing since he left the nest 15 years ago. As Susannah struggles to come to terms with Piers' relationship with his new girlfriend, her typical mediocre existence is slowly stripped away to reveal an obsession that is anything but typical... or secret.Marigolds was filmed on the RED camera by DOP, Mikolaj Jaroszewicz , who was the cinematographer on the Oscar-winning animated short in 2008, Peter and the Wolf. It was filmed on location in Worcestershire, UK and stars Jane Guernier, a West End and TV regular, along with Alex Childs (recently featured on Lynda La Plante's Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia), Alastair Southey (Holby City, Doctors) and Gordon Mounsey. It was also edited by BBC veteran editor Andrew Evans (recent projects include BBC's Gypsy Child Thieves and BBC2's recent Obama series) and all post-production sound was done in kind by the Pinewood Media Centre with Thom Berryman and Andy Caller (Batman Begins, Nine, Harry Brown). Toyah Willcox's new single 'Quicksilver' was also kindly donated to the project, with the music for Marigolds being composed by Moritz Schmittat.

  • Stephanie Zari

    Producer

    Stephanie Zari

  • andrew evans

    Editor

    andrew evans

  • Mikolaj Jaroszewicz

    Director of Photography

    Mikolaj Jaroszewicz

  • Moritz Schmittat

    Music

    Moritz Schmittat

  • Ludovic Lasserre

    Sound Designer

    Ludovic Lasserre

  • Kimberly Weinreich

    Production Manager

    Kimberly Weinreich

  • Jennifer Nash

    Makeup Artist

    Jennifer Nash

  • Hannah Knowlton

    Production Designer

    Hannah Knowlton

  • Tim Jordan

    Gaffer Grip

    Tim Jordan

  • Suzy Peters

    Costume Designer

    Suzy Peters

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    Susannah

    Jane Guernier

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    Paul

    Gordon Mounsey

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    Piers

    Alastair Southey

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    Annette

    Alex Childs

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    Festival:

    Cannes Short Film Corner, 2011

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    Festival:

    Brittspotting, Berlin 2011

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    Festival:

    L.A. International Women's Film Festival, 2011

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    Festival:

    London Short Film Festival

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    Festival:

    Underwire Film Festival, UK 2010 (Best Director)

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    Festival:

    3rd Branchage International Film Festival, UK 2010

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    Festival:

    30th Cambridgeg Film Festival, UK 2010

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    Festival:

    Lady Filmmakers Festival, L.A. 2010

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    Festival:

    ArtsFest Birmingham 2010, UK 2010

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    Festival:

    Salon des Refuses, UK and Bestival, UK 2010

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    Festival:

    Bestival, UK 2010

Rights holder

About the film

Genres

Drama

Duration

16 Minutes

Year of release

2009

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Selected by

The Film Network

Showcasing new British filmmaking