We are a BAFTA award winning production company co founded by Victoria Mapplebeck, Debbie Manners and Michelle Feuerlicht.
Creative technologies are constantly evolving, exposing new content to fresh audiences – non fiction stories are now being told across all manner of genres and platforms. We are passionate about stories that are intimate and innovative, stories that take risks and experiment with genres and next generation technologies. Our films have been seen on small screens and large , from cinemas, to TV and art galleries. We are proud to have made the BAFTA winning Missed Call , the first short film commissioned on the iphone X. We have also experimented and stretched the boundaries of cinematic VR with The Waiting Room VR , selected for Forbe’s Top 50 XR experiences of 2019
We’re currently developing MOTHERBOARD, a smartphone feature documentary in which we see eighteen year-old Jim growing up with his mum, Victoria, who has raised him alone since birth. Key stories include reconnecting with Jim’s absent father after over a decade, Victoria’s breast cancer diagnosis, and the challenges of living with a teenager in a small London flat during a global pandemic. These intimate dramas have been captured by Victoria, shooting on a near daily basis.
MOTHERBOARD is the first feature documentary in which each of these key dramas is shot entirely on mobile phones. Victoria’s documented the pain, the tears , the sickness and the trauma she and Jim have experienced over the years , but she’s also documented the good times too. MOTHERBOARD will explore the chaos, the pain but also the love and the comedy of our family life.
We will create an honest and raw portrait of motherhood, and of the complicated relationships between sons and mothers, at any age. Many parents are raising children alone, by choice or by circumstance. MOTHERBOARD will celebrate the fact that families now come in all shapes and sizes.
Motherboard received The WFTV Pat Llewellyn bursary in 2019 and has recently been acquired by Autlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries, hybrids and doc series
We’re also committed to nurturing new talent and dedicated to developing and promoting more women and BAME filmmakers, particularly in Immersive Storytelling . If you have a story that is intimate , creative and genre defining we’d love to hear from you.
The Waiting Room Film and VR project
The Waiting Room is a Film and VR Journey which tells the story of Victoria Maspplebeck’s breast cancer (as patient and artist ) from diagnosis through treatment to recovery. The Waiting Room 30 minute smartphone short was broadcast on The Guardian website and nominated for a US Critics Choice award . The Waiting Room VR provides an intimate and visceral portrait of cancer treatment and its transformative impact on the body and family life. Both these works, document illness from a patient’s POV, exploring what we can and what we can’t control when our bodies fail us.
Missed Call, a smartphone short which explores her relationship with Victoria Mapplebeck and her teenage son Jim as they work out how to reconnect with his absent father. Missed Call begins with the last message he sent in 2006 and ends with the first call to him over a decade later. The film explores the many ways in which our lives are lived and archived via the phones we hold so close. Missed Call won Best Short Form Programme at the 2019 BAFTAs, Best Documentary Short at The 2019 Broadcast Digital Awards and Best Social Media Short Award at the 2018 AHRC Research in Film Awards.
160 Characters a smartphone short for Film London. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, 160 Characters brings to life the secrets buried in a vintage Nokia. It won the Best Documentary Award at the 2017 Short of the Week Film Awards and was short listed for the Innovation category of the 2016 AHRC Research in Film Awards. When the film launched online it received a Vimeo Staff pick and has since gathered over a million online hits.
TEXT ME an award winning interactive arts project produced in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. TEXT ME is a live and online platform which creates an evolving and living archive in which users are encouraged to collect, curate and share stories from their digital past. TEXT ME won The Merging Media Prize for Best European Cross platform Project and The 2014 Pixel Lab Prize. It was also featured in Wired magazine and selected for University UK’s 20 Ideas for Life