Experiencing Interruptions?


An experimental documentary challenging the status of motherhood and what it means to be a mother.
The film is split into two sequences that run parallel to each other and sways the narrative between fictional and documentary. The first sequence is an orange hued interview between mother, Jill, and daughter, Natalie. This is in contrast with the experimental, blue hued night scenes, which reenact one of Jill's sleepless nights living with insomnia.
Within the interview Jill recounts her different experiences of motherhood; miscarriages, the childbirth experience, being one of five siblings in a transracial adoption, and subsequently touches on the pandemic of forced adoptions in the Sixties and the impacts on her biological mother. The two sequences connect at the end of the interview, when Jill reveals her strained relationship with sleep shadows her adoptive mothers relationship with sleeping pills, and subsequently describes her first experiences of motherhood.
The film follows the story arc that is common in myths, that Joseph Campbell labelled the hero's journey. Origins follows the hero's journey by repeating the first question that was asked at the start of the interview, at the end; what makes a mother? Jill answers the same question but with a different, more embracive answer compared to the beginning, since realising the significant turning points that has influenced her outlook on motherhood.

  • Natalie Butler
  • Natalie Butler
  • Natalie Butler
  • Jillian Butler
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    narrative film, experimental, participatory documentary, expository documentary, docudrama, myth
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Manchester Metropolitan University
Director Biography - Natalie Butler

Fine Artist Natalie Butler grew up near Liverpool and moved to Manchester at the age of 18 to attend University at Manchester School of Art. Now in her third and final year, Natalie returned to Liverpool for lockdown and directed the film 'Origins’. After working with glass and light projections to create immersive installations, this film is her directorial debut.
Her main goal is to now gain more practical experience within this industry.

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Director Statement

I created this film, Origins, after moving home for lockdown which provided the time for reflection, and in due course more open conversations with my mum about her own childhood home and her experiences of being a mother. I want this film to create a discussion around the pressures and shame surrounding a woman's status of motherhood. This film discusses miscarriage, the experience of child birth, transracial adoption, forced adoption and my mums relationship with her own mother. It was great to have this time to have such open conversations with my mum, and work with her in a way neither of us had worked before.