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Directed by Matthew Jacobs
Produced by Josh Golding
Written by Novel:
Gillian White
Starring Kate Maberly
Gina McKee
Anthony Andrews
Imogen Stubbs
Sheila Allen
Felix Bell
Rosalind Bennett
Faith Brook
Megan De Wolf
Stephanie Fayerman
Music by John Harle
Cinematography Peter Hannan
Edited by Rodney Holland
Pamela Power
Distributed by BBC Films
Release date
28 December 1997 (UK)
1 January 1998 (USA)
Running time
87 min.
Country London, England United Kingdom
Language English

Mothertime is a 1997 British film directed by Matthew Jacobs.

First edition cover of the source novel by Gillian White.


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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