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Mothertime is a 1997 British film directed by Matthew Jacobs.

Directed byMatthew Jacobs
Produced byJosh Golding
Written byNovel:
Gillian White
StarringKate Maberly
Gina McKee
Anthony Andrews
Imogen Stubbs
Sheila Allen
Zohren Weiss
Felix Bell
Rosalind Bennett
Faith Brook
Megan De Wolf
Stephanie Fayerman
Music byJohn Harle
CinematographyPeter Hannan
Edited byRodney Holland
Pamela Power
Distributed byBBC Films
Release date
  • 28 December 1997 (1997-12-28) (UK)
  • 1 January 1998 (1998-01-01) (U.S.)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



Vanessa and her siblings watch, as their divorced mother once again becomes drunk, making the children believe their Christmas will be ruined once again. Some drastic changes must be taken. When their mother is drunk, they take her and lock her in a basement to dry out. So begins a conspiracy to hide her absence from their father and the cleaning lady. The children feed their mother and spend many hours in the basement with her, hence the title Mothertime. The children also spend time with their beloved father and his new wife hoping to spring a new but long lost family whole again. Unfortunately, the manoeuvres are not so easy.



  • Won a Gold Award for Theatrical Feature at WorldFest-Flagstaff.

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