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Anne-Marie O’Connor’ award winning film “Mum” features three generations of Trans actors

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Writer/director Anne-Marie O’Connor’s poignant drama Mum has been selected to screen at the Galway Film Fleadh in July, and stars talented transgender actress Kate O’Donnell (Boy Meets Girl) along with Lee Boardman (Jack the Giant Slayer, Coronation Street) and Kenneth Colley (Star Wars, Peaky Blinders).
A film featuring trans characters of three generations at the heart of it, telling a universal story: When Kate goes back to see her mother after a few years away, she realizes that far from being ready for a day out, her mum is gravely ill. And no one thought to tell her. So she takes matters into her own hands and although she doesn’t get the day she wanted, she gets the day she needed.
Anne-Marie O’Connor began her career writing for theatre before penning three novels, Everyone’s Got a Bono Story, My Made Up Life, and Star Struck. She moved into screenwriting, co-creating Sky 1’s long-running hit comedy Trollied, starring Jane Horrocks, Jason Watkins, and Mark Addy. She is currently working on returning dramas in the UK and US, and has written and is due to direct her first feature.
In the role of the central character, Kate, transgender actress Kate O’Donnell continues to make a name for herself, after starring in the BBC’s groundbreaking series Boy Meets Girl, she then went on to play Feste in the Royal Exchange’s recent production of Twelfth Night, directed by internationally renowned theatre director Jo Davis. Her second one-woman show, You’ve Changed premiers at Edinburgh International Festival in July. Mum stars two other young transgender actors to watch, Ash Palmisciano and Joseph Pearson (Joe is ten and Mum was his first screen role), alongside Kenneth Colley, known for his work in Star Wars and Peaky Blinders. Kate’s brother, Carl, is played by respected British actor, Lee Boardman, a familiar face to many with roles in the Emmy winning Starz show, Da Vinci’s Demons, Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant SlayerLondon Boulevard, alongside Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell, and in Coronation Street, in which he portrayed fan-favourite bad guy, Jez Quigley. And Mum is played by acclaimed theatre actress, Margot Leicester, fresh from her role as Camilla Parker-Bowles on in Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III both on Broadway and on BBC2. Executive produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood, (Last King of Scotland, Constant Gardener, A Most Wanted Man). Edited by Chris Wyatt (This is EnglandGod’s Own Country) with an original score from Peter Gregson (Wonder WomanA Little Chaos).
After premiering at the BFI Flare the BFI’s LGBTQ Film Festival, it has gone on to win best LGBTQ film at the London Independent Film Festival, the Award of Excellence at Global Shorts and has just been in competition as part of the official selection at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film was also screened as part of Leeds LGBT Festival.
 

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