Nathan Hughes

Writer / Director

UK (Wales)

Nathan’s dramas and docs aim to affirm essential human values and empower people to resist toxic narratives that impede socio-ecological justice. His work ‘demonstrates a distinctive cinematic and/or artistic vision’ (Encounters Festival), and has been supported by RIFF Talent Lab, London Comedy Film Festival, and London Screenwriter’s Festival. He has mentored young screenwriters to develop media resources to combat ideological grooming and radicalisation, and produced site-specific theatre with fluid configurations of people, place and technology. He has exhibited speculative design fictions and evocative promos at international arts symposia (ISEA, US & China CHI, Zebra Poetry Film Festival, AHRC’s Research in Film Awards), and engaged diverse audiences through innovative collaborations with (BBC, NESTA,The National Trust.

Mourning Glory unpicks the uses and abuses of family, friendship, and porn as grief therapy; to reveal how we configure (and disfigure) identity in relation to place, and why you can take girls and boys out of Wales, but you can’t take Wales out of the girls and boys.

Project

Mourning Glory

Stuck in his bleak Welsh hometown after his mother’s death, emotionally constipated porn addict AL (40) faces an uncertain future. Streetwise misfit MEG (26) plans to escape this town by following her idol, Welsh porn star Gayle Maze, to a glitzy new life in L.A. She needs a hot scene to attract the adult industry’s attention but her funny cum-face does not fit its toxic parody of womanhood. AL asks feckless filmmaker MUFF (40) to provide moral support, but he wants to make a film about his newfound birth mother’s story, that as a fetus in her womb, he saved her from jumping off a cliff. MEG brokers a deal to play MUFF’s suicidal mum if he shoots her hot scene. When MUFF gaslights AL to be MEG’s co-star, three lost souls learn that making amateur porn is powerful grief therapy and compel each other to confront their authentic selves.