What's the Story?
EARLY DAYS is a short drama about a new mother, Kate, (played by Maimie McCoy). In the days following her return from hospital, she’s rocked by finding her world altered beyond recognition.
Her partner Steve, (played by Adrian Bower), is aware of her precarious mental state — but his delight at their newborn makes it hard for them to connect.
Though Kate knows she’s lucky to have become a mother, and her instincts toward her baby are fiercely protective, post-natal trauma and hallucinations make the world increasingly hard to bear. Can anything pull her back to reality — before it’s too late?”
Why this Story matters:
The world of film usually depicts the glow of pregnancy, the screaming hysteria of labour...the overwhelming love of a mother for her baby. But we feel it's time to address some of the myriad of other things a woman can go through in the life-defining and defying time around childbirth.
Women instinctively share their parenting fears with friends and relatives and more recently have started to be part of a global online conversation. Mental health around having a baby is one part of this that it is vital to start paying attention to - from anxiety, to depression, to psychosis. Let's start seeing it depicted on screen.
"I felt the subject of post-natal mental health was under-represented on screen; and the variety of roles for women in TV & film can be limited, so I wanted to create the kind of woman I know, navigating this challenging time.
I was influenced by films like Micheal Haneke's Amour, Jacques Audiard's Rust & Bone and Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene - in terms of look and feel. I also drew from Jane Campion's Top of the Lake and Lenny Abrahamson's Room to try and create a stagnant, claustrophobic mood.
It is my hope that the film speaks to Mothers of all ages, from many different backgrounds and feels like an accurate depiction of some of the mental challenges of having a newborn baby."
Why should I care about this film being made?
"Only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 20% of producers are female. With such a dearth of female representation in front of and behind the camera, it’s a struggle to champion female stories and voices" (The Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media.)
We believe female stories and voices really matter, so with this project we have taken action to change these stats for the better. We are an almost entirely female team, from Writer/Director, Producer, Editor, DOP, Camera Department, Sound Designer, to Execs and beyond.
Our core team are also new Mums, who want women, and parents of both genders, to be seen and heard in the film industry.