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Watch Josie Lawrence and Tanya Myers in the trailer for A Clever Woman

Tull Stories, in association with Jon Sanders Films, has announced that the World Premiere of A Clever Woman will be taking place at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Directed by Jon Sanders, the film stars Josie Lawrence (Enchanted April, Back to the Garden), Tanya Myers (Control, Back to the Garden) and James Northcote (The Imitation Game, Anna Karenina). Anna Mottram (Back to the Garden, Painted Angels), who plays Monica, co-wrote the film with her husband Jon Sanders.

Beguiling and free-spirited, A Clever Woman is an uplifting and emotionally intense film exploring sisterly bonds and the process of mourning. Sisters and performance artists Phoebe and Dot (Josie Lawrence and Tanya Myers) have returned to their family home on the Isle of Wight a year after the death of their composer mother.

As they prepare the house for its sale, clearing decades of family clutter, they have started to work on a site-specific performance piece about their complex relationship with their mother and her serial infidelities; this incorporates her compositions for pianola, mostly songs using the poems of Mary Coleridge the Victorian feminist, one of which A Clever Woman gives the film its title.

Over one day, they – plus house-sitting musician Tom (James Northcote) and the sisters’ producer/curator Monica are forced to engage with the ghosts of the past and the void left behind.

At once a celebration and a lament, Sanders and Mottram’s improvised production style lends itself perfectly to a story that is playful, raw and always surprising…

A Clever Woman is coming to UK cinemas in early 2023 and to celebrate the release.

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