Interview: Mary Goes Round Director Molly McGlynn

MOLLY McGlynn is the Toronto-based director behind touching drama Mary Goes Round. The film, starring Aya Cash and Sara Waisglass, will screen as part of the Canada Now film festival this month.

Molly McGlynn

MOLLY McGlynn is the Toronto-based director behind touching drama Mary Goes Round. The film, starring Aya Cash and Sara Waisglass, will screen as part of the Canada Now film festival this month.

Close-up Culture spoke to Molly about her impressive debut-feature, female perspectives, personal feedback to the film and much more.


Q: Mary Goes Round deals with addiction, family and forgiveness. What led you to write this story?

A: IN some ways, the culmination of my entire life led to this story – experiences with family misunderstandings, sister relationships, loss, estrangement and forgiveness.

I wanted to write a film about a father and daughter, but funnily enough it ended up being about sisters. The father becomes the connection between these two characters, half-sisters, who are forced to confront the other and decide what they want to make of their circumstances.

Q: Smashed and Suck It Up Buttercup are a couple of the films in recent years to deal with addiction through a female lead character. What do you think this female perspective brings to the film and to the subject?

A: I LOVED Smashed although I have yet to see Suck It Up Buttercup – but I will now!

First of all, I think there is an enormous range of addictions. Though I do not identify as an alcoholic, there have been moments in my past when I had to kind of check myself with what was bordering on self-destructive behaviour.

A lot of time in film, we see women guzzling wine by the jug, usually in broad comedies a la Bad MomsBridesmaids and Rough Night. It is so much fun to watch, but if you unpack it all, it starts to be a little bit concerning.

Why are women drinking this much? What is it in their-our lives that is so overwhelming that alcohol becomes the main form of release and connection?

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