Mdeay - the Khmer word for 'Mother', follows Thida, a young surrogate mother carrying a foreign couple's baby as she is caught up in the crackdown on commercial surrogacy in Cambodia. Placed under arrest and faced with the imminent birth of the child, Thida must make a life-changing decision that will have impacts on not only her life, but that of the newborn child.
A short fictional drama set in and to be shot in Cambodia, Mdeay (the Khmer word for ‘mother’) is a film about motherhood and the bond between a mother and her child, set during the real and current events that inspired this story to be made.
Why This Story?
Having grown up in Cambodia, it is a country that’s very close to my heart and a place I’ve always known I wanted to make a film about. The context of commercial surrogacy in Cambodia is something I’ve been following closely for a while now and taken great interest in, and while the story of Thida is fictional, it is based upon the experiences of several dozen surrogate mothers who were themselves caught up in the crackdown on commercial surrogacy.
How Can You Help?
With your help we’re aiming to reach our initial target of £1,500. The money raised will not only help us with the high travel costs of going to Cambodia, where the film is set, but will also ensure this film is of the highest quality possible! Funding will also go towards costs related to submitting the final film into film festivals once production is wrapped.
Your support will go towards:
- Travel costs between the UK and Cambodia
- Casting local professionally trained actors and crew members
- Hiring high quality film equipment for the duration of shooting
- Securing public locations for shooting
- High quality props and costumes
- Daily transport and catering for cast and crew
- Film festival submissions and distribution costs
Meet the Crew
Sean Goddard | Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
I’m Sean and I’m a 3rd Year Film and Moving Image Production student at Norwich University of the Arts and I’m writing, directing, producing and editing what will be my graduation film Mdeay. I have written, directed and edited projects before and my time at NUA has seen me working in several areas of film, gaining valuable experience that has helped prepare me for my biggest project yet! The task of preparing for and shooting a film halfway across the world is a major challenge, but one I eagerly look forward to surmounting with the help of some brilliant individuals both in Norwich and Cambodia.
James Coy | Director of Photography
Hi, I am James Coy and I am the Director of Photography for this film. I have specialised as a DoP for 3 years now and am honing my craft in order to deliver fantastic visuals that not only look great but also feed into the complex narrative and the emotion of the film. I was really drawn to this film not only because of its incredibly relevant and important story but also the evident visual style that it is attached to the context and location of the film. It is going to be an exciting challenge to pull off.
Crew in Cambodia | to be Announced
Watch this space for updates on the local crew members that we will be working with on set in Cambodia!
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