Mary Lou Barebone is played by Samantha Morton, a working class British actress. In adolescence she was in and out of the foster system and is herself, an abuse survivor. She openly talks about her past, is involved in activism and is pretty much an all-around badass.
Her portrayal of Mary Lou, who physically and emotionally abuses her fostered son Credence throughout the film, whilst being a strong performance in its own right, has undoubtedly added significance given that she is a survivor herself.
And I have yet to have seen one interview with her, or one bts clip of her. There simply isn’t any mention of Sam outside the film.
Let me be clear: this is an twice Oscar nominated actress, who has as many lines & screentime as Katherine’s, Jacob’s, Ezra’s etc characters, who has personal connection to the material explored in fbawtft and yet she’s non-existent as far as promo & press tours are concerned.
Why is hers the only voice not been given an audience when arguably it holds the most weight.
Lynne Ramsay is a Scottish director, writer, and cinematographer. Her early career was incredibly prodigious; she was the only student in her year to enter the National Film and Television School on the strength of her still photographs instead of on actual film work.
Ramsay’s early shorts won her prizes at Cannes and a Scottish BAFTA. In 1999 she directed her first feature length film, Ratcatcher, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. Her second film, Movern Callar, starring Samantha Morton, also premiered at Cannes.
She intended to make an adaptation of the film The Lovely Bones her third film and began working on it before the novel was published. However once the book was released it was a surprise best seller and, as Ramsay wanted to film a version that was grittier and darker while the producers wanted a more commercial movie, she left the project.
Ramsay instead adapted We Need To Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton in 2011. The film premiered at Cannes, this time as part of the official main competition.
Ramsay’s next project was meant to be Jane’s Got a Gun, a western for which she was hired by Natalie Portman who produced and starred in the film. However because of budget cuts and arguments with the producers Ramsay failed to show up on set the first day. Several actors and the cinematographer quit in support of Ramsay.
Her next film will be an adaptation of You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix.
me, finding out that samantha morton (mary lou) and colin farrell (percival graves) were in the same movie once and my whole life is a lie it’s all in shambles god save us all: [GUNSHOT] mmmmmm whatcha sayyy-yyy-yyy mmmmm that you only meant well