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A child's take on mother's love

‘MERCY’, with its child view of the world, underlines the contradictions of mother’s love and invites us all to re-examine issues related to lone parents, poverty, mental health, fostering, adoption and the law.

Funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Lottery Funding, Morancho Films and Tres Tornillos Producciones, completed with the support of BFI Net.Work and Ffilm Cymru Wales

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‘MERCY’ through the mind of a child, explores themes of good mother’s-bad mother’s love, lone parents, young carers, looked after children, adoption of fostered children and its connection to unprivileged families and mental health. I believe this is a subject presently in need of an artistic response, one that can engage the general public as much as the health professionals and bring about further discussions and awareness. My first stop is looking into the childhood experiences of young carer who ends in foster care..

Director’s Bio—Filmography

Awards nominated Film/Theatre director. With 20yrs experience working with actors in theatre (Spain & UK), started directing short films professionally in 2012.

WOMEN IN PREGNANCY (2012) Pilot Documentary funded by the ACW.

WEBBED (2012) Awards Nominated: First professional project.
37th Hong Kong IFF 2013: The Firebird Award Nominated; 6 th WAMMFest USA 2013; 26th MEDINA del Campo IFF Spain 2013; PENTEDATILLO IFF, Italy 2013; MOONDANCE IFF 2013 fast-track contest; Best of South West program at 18th ENCOUNTERS 2012 Bristol, UK; Honorary Award at Love Unlimited FF 2012; OPEN 12 SHNIT 2012 Switzerland; London IFF 2012; Edinburgh FF 2012 and many more.

THIEF OF SOUNDS (1998) student film
DM Davies Award runner up, (WALES IFF 1998)

At present developing first feature film.



MERCY: Maya Rollnick
SARAH (Mum): Carla Turner
ELSA (Foster Mum): Yvonne Murphy
JUDGE: Phillipa Reeves


Art Designers/Supervisors: Zoe Zowerska , Tabitha Quitman
Arts Assistants: Jodie Gibon, Ross Davidson , Emelia Kurowski,
Makeup/hair artist designer/Supervisor: Kylie Jonkman
Makeup/hair artist supervisors: Saide Thorn, Rhianwen Clement
Makeup/hair artist assistants:
Costume designer: Zoe Howerska
Costume supervisors: Zoe Howerska, Kim Tizard-Lee
Costume Assistants: Lucy Simons, Charlotte Moses
Model maker bird /nest artist: Annette Townsend
Animator / on site animation artist: Gustavo Arteaga
Scrapbook Artist: Becky Adams
Gaffer/Lighting: Hayes: Mark Holownia
Lighting Assistant: Kiri
Sound Recordist: Nicholas Davies
Sound/Boom assistant: Gareth Steel
Runners: Joshua, Williams, Emily Isaac, David Baker
Child Chaperons: Chris Lane, Jenifer Tarr, Sheila Brennan, Petra Dlouha
Storyboard Artists: Steve Welchman, Justin Kennaugh
Continuity/Script Supervisors: Richard Pask, Justin Kennaugh
Catering: TT Executive Foods
Production Co-ordinators: Craig Wilson, Craig Harris
Colourist/Data transfers: Glenn Collit/BANG
DIT: Kiera Nixon
2nd Camera Assistants: Matt Steggles, DI Consulting
1st Camera Assistant/Focus Puller: Raphael Biss
2nd Camera Operator: Ryan O. Eddelston
PA/2nd Assistant Director: Nick Grantham
Music by: Odaline de la Martinez
Cello player improvisations: Judith Souter
1st Assistant Director: Kris Francies
DOP/1st Camera: Luke Jacobs
Sound Designer: Dai Shell
Editor: Justin Kennaugh
Associate producer: Chantal Le-Ghan
Co-producers: Tres Tornillos Producciones, Ashley Bell
Executive Producers: Mark John, Maria morancho
Producers: Kris Francis, Maria Morancho

Written & Directed by Maria Morancho