BROKEN MEATS – short film

Can you be a good woman when you might be a bad mother.

Two part-time mothers meet each other by chance in a cafe and delve into a discussion of whether you can be a good woman when you might be a bad mother.
Motherhood, and its intrinsic challenges and prejudices, aren’t often spoken about openly, despite the many mothers struggling with it. It’s therefore imperative that we tell this story, this perspective of the topic, of women who choose to not be the full time carer of their children.


The development of Broken Meats
Jodi Gray was asked to write a short play using King Lear as a springboard by Salt Theatre Company. On re-reading the play, it struck Jodi that the absence of the mothers really unnerved her. So she thought she’d posit what might have happened to Lear and Gloucester’s wives, why they weren’t around, what could have happened that would make them leave their families. And so she wrote the play Broken Meats.


The production

In 2016, we created a screen adaptation of Broken Meats so that we could share these two mothers’ stories with many more people than the play had been able to. In July, we shot the short film in Terry’s Cafe in Southwark with the help of the BAFTA award-winning Fortune Films.
We have a hugely talented team bringing this production together. One of our leading ladies, Chloe Pirrie, starred in the Oscar award-winning short The Stutterer.



Directed by Sam Phillips
Written by Jodi Gray

RACHEL – Chloe Pirrie
EMMA – Robin Steegman

DoP – Yana Rits Cairns
1st AC – Robert Cairns
1st AD – Irene Maffei
Gaffer – Camil Liberto
Sound Engineer – Emanuele Constatini

Associate producer – Hannah Tookey.
Executive producer – Illuminate Productions
Hair & Make-up – Sophia Heron
Colour grading – Jessica Vile
Sound mixing – Marcus Bridge
Editor – Joe Parsons

Supporting artists
Robbie Curan
Ian Brown
Adam Darlow

Ben Gilbert, Teddy Stewart
Emmie, Bonnie and Isabella Todd

Special thanks to
Campbell Beaton, Fortune Films
Austin Yardley, Terry’s Cafe
Liana Weafer, Salt Theatre
Alex Veitch
Sharon Lake
Laura Pitt-Pulford
Sheba Anvari, Local Sauce
Kumar Muniandy


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Photography by Bernadette Baksa