MAD BINT(2020, Directed by Georgia Middlemiss)
Stills from film & by MONIKA NAVICKAITE
Georgia Middlemiss's Mad Bint (played by Camilla Anvar) is a twenty-something-year-old artist in the midst of a creative crisis that is just the tip of the emotionally charged iceberg preventing her from finishing her 2-foot by 2-foot clay vagina. Kept company only by the warm maternal voice of Ms. Suze (from the Wiccan agony aunt of radio call-in show, Ms Suze's Ps and Qs') and the women who call for advice, blessings, forgiveness, relief, she avoids coping with the heartbreak and rage that's been seething in her. Mad Bint's emotional paralysis is oppressive in her waking life, but as she dreams, she's forced to confront the pain she's succumbed to, and realise the full extent of her grief.
Immediately attracted to the authenticity and wit in Georgia's portrayal of coming of age womanhood, I jumped at the chance of producing Mad Bint. Shot at the Biscuit Factory in Leith, producing this graduate film involved the responsibility of crew, cast and location, legal agreements, catering, risk assessment forms, location management and budgeting, among other things. With its art-studio setting and many essential artistic features, it was a close collaboration with both director Georgia and production designer Natalie Godjamanian. The wrap of the shoot coincided with UK's first COVID lock down and the film is still in its post-production stages, but we aim to distribute the tale of the Mad Bint to a wider audience soon.