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 Moms, Bridesmaids 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?