Motherboard – in development

Motherboard is 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. At 38, Victoria, a self shooting TV Director found herself pregnant, single and broke. Unable to combine the life of a freelancer with raising a child alone, Victoria let go of her career in TV. But she never gave up filming, and over the intervening years collected a vast archive of photos and videos, capturing each twist and turn in Jim’s life, from the thumbs-up he gave her during her first scan to his first day at college.

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.

MOTHERBOARD is 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 has recently been acquired by Autlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries, hybrids and doc series.

Motherboard will be shot and directed by Victoria Mapplebeck, Co Produced by Carol Nahra and executive produced by Debbie Manners.