WHO’S THE DADDY? is a character driven comedy-drama about the ups and down of mother-hood. Two mums have a rude introduction while in play-ground purgatory. Things soon get much more interesting. It turns out these two women have far more in common than either of them could have possibly imagined…
This film runs the full gamut from finding a sperm donor (by whatever means necessary) to losing a job. I wanted this to be light-hearted yet all too familiar observation of the minefield that is motherhood. And like all the best stories, this one comes with a little twist at the end.
Why this story matters.This is a funny script, we could all do with a bit of a laugh these days - which will be brought to life by an outstanding cast - but that’s not the only reason we want to make this film. Not only does it highlight challenges faced by working mums, it also put’s another, much needed film out there by women. Which is why the core-team on this film are women and mothers.
Why should I care about this film being made? Women comprise of only 18% of directors, writers, producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 grossing films. This represents only a 1% improvement on 2016 virtually unchanged since 1998… 20 years ago - Report by Women in Film & TV 2017.
Only one women, has ever won best director at The Academy Awards in its 90 year history.
We believe female stories and voices really matter, so with this project we're taking action to change these stats for the better.
But this isn’t just about the film and media industry.
In the U.K. Maternity leave discrimination means 54,000 women lose their jobs each year.
That’s why this film is written, shot, produced, performed and will be edited almost entirely by women and mothers – but we'll let a few Dads on set. Just for some diversity.
Kellie Shirley Play's 'Rachel' Olivia Lee Plays 'Emma'.
OLIVIA LEE is a female comedian writer and Mum to Teddy. Olivia is known her fearlessness and ability to boldly go where many others would not dare. She’s written and starred in her own comedies, Olivia Lee's Naughty Bits for Channel 4, then went onto make her hit series- Dirty, Sexy, Funny for Comedy Central. The first series proved to be a success, leading to an even more audacious second series. The USA soon came calling and Olivia was invited to regularly appear on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where she wrote and provided her own brand of outrageous comedy for the show.
KELLIE SHIRLEY is currently playing Kirsty in Sky One's new Comedy series in The Long Run, created by Idris Elba. Soon to be seen in C4 drama; True Horror - The Cage and upcoming British feature film The King of Thieves (Working Title/Studio Canal) opposite Jim Broadbent. Her other TV work includes, Joe All Alone (BBC) The Marriage of Reason and Squalor (Sky Arts), Lewis (ITV) Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky & The Office Christmas Specials (both BBC). She is perhaps best known for playing Carly Wicks in Eastenders. The unstoppable Kellie is also ambassador for the charities Anthony Nolan, Mencap and youth group patron for Magpie Dance. She is new Mama to twins Pearl & Louie.
Writer-director. Mary-Sue Masson. Producer. Clancie Brennan. Cinematographer. Sara Deane.
WRITER/DIRECTOR. MARY-SUE MASSON. Mary-Sue specialises in naturally observed comedy performance work. She has worked with many ad agencies and TV networks including Comedy Central and the BBC, where she trained at Elstree Studios in performance direction. She’s probably best known for her Haribo ‘Kid’s Voices’ campaign, which she both wrote and directed. Named as the most impactful ad by Nielsen, the campaign has since gone on to be remade in eight countries including The U.S. Mary-Sue is also Mother to Hector, Dougal and recently Daphne (An Irish Terrier pup)
PRODUCER. CLANCIE BRENNAN. Clancie is a producer, writer and Mum to Alice. Clancie has worked as a producer in various advertising agencies for over 10 years. She also turns her hand to script writing, producing and directing content for well-known brands such as L'OREAL, Bumble & Bumble, Belstaff, YSL, and Redken. Clancie recently produced ‘Early Days’ a short film featuring Maimie McCoy, Adrian Bower & Peter Wight which had its debut at Festival de Cannes short film corner.
CINEMATOGRAPHER. SARA DEANE. Sara has been a DOP for 9 years after graduating from the NFTS, shooting 14 features and numerous shorts since. Her work won best cinematography at the V'an Dor Independent film awards 2012. Her commercial work has been nominated for Best cinematography at Milan Fashion Film Festival and Underwire, as well as Best branded content for Shots.
Here's what your money will help us achieve:
pay the film crew
camera equipment & lenses
locations – it’s very expensive to film in parks!
budget to submit the film to festivals/festival doctor.
We aren’t paying ourselves. Just everyone else. We are funding much of this ourselves, however we really to need some extra to get this off the ground. We all thank you for your support.