Anna Maguire

Writer-director

UK & Canada

Anna is British/Canadian writer, director and actress. Her directorial work has screened at festivals including TIFF, Palm Springs, PÖFF Black Nights and the BFI London Film Festival where she was nominated for Best Short Film with YOUR MOTHER AND I in 2016. She has won awards at Rhode Island International Film Festival, The London Short Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Underwire Film Festival among others, was long listed for a BAFTA, and nominated for Best Short Film at the London Critics’ Circle Awards in 2018. CONSTELLATIONS has screened internationally and IT’S NOTHING premiered at TIFF in 2019. As an actress, Anna plays a lead in VIOLATION, which premiered at TIFF in 2020 and screened at Sundance 2021. She is currently writing her first feature AN EMPTY SPACE supported by BFI NETWORK and LIM.

Project

An empty space

When Lucy’s mother, Jeanne, a Québécoise immigrant tries to kill herself, Lucy reluctantly returns to the outskirts of London to care for a woman who, in her opinion, refuses to take care of herself. Commuting between her high-powered job in property development and their fractious mother-daughter relationship, Lucy is haunted by visions of her childhood. Spiraling out of control, she begins to act out in ways she can neither control nor understand. When a careless mistake (or arson?) means she is fired, Lucy finds herself at rock bottom; flailing around in a pond covered in bird shit, trying to save a duck from the hungry beak of a pelican. After a period of estrangement, Lucy returns home, posing as a potential buyer. Jeanne’s key in the door panics Lucy, who impulsively hides in the attic, emerging only when Jeanne sleeps. Lucy’s cover is blown when the child Jeanne babysits mistakes Lucy for a ghost. Unable to hide any longer, Lucy must confront herself and her mother.