Mother of Many

[5min, Channel 4, 2009] Short animation about a day in the life of a midwife.
Director: Emma Lazenby, Producer: Arthur Cox
* Winner of BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film, 2010

The ink is just drying on a beautiful short animated film directed by Emma Lazenby, which I scored over the summer. It follows a midwife through a day as she helps various mothers through labour. Using lots of authentic voices and sounds from women in labour, it is sometimes a bit harrowing, but also a very touching film. It also uses lots of real babies’ in utero heartbeats, including that of my younger son, Zubin.

The music gets pretty intense as the film goes on, but this clip comes from a moment of calm early on! I used my lovely bass melodica quite a bit in the score which seemed to fit the bill perfectly. There is some very deep bass in the music too, which will probably be lost on laptop speakers!

Emma has worked on lots of other animated shows, including Charlie & Lola, but her own animation style is unique and really beautiful. The film was funded by the Channel 4, UK Film Council and South West Screen and was produced by Sally Arthur of Arthur Cox. No doubt it will be screening at various festivals over the coming year and will be broadcast at some point as well.

UPDATE 21/01/10: The film is one of three BAFTA nominations for Best Short Animation! See the full list of nominees here.

UPDATE 22/02/10: It won the BAFTA. Woo-hoo! Well done to Emma & Sally and all of us!