Bridget, a tough but caring mother, finds the courage to take charge of her life.
Bridget and Iain is the story of a mother’s love for her adult son.
Bridget, who tries to do everything ‘right’, learns the limits of her power to manage others. Her son Iain is charming, funny, and at times kind. He’s also an addict. Worried sick, Bridget finally gets support to make the changes that need to happen.
The film charts the shifting relationship between Bridget and Iain as it reaches crisis point. It’s about maturation, change, and the struggle of trying to help someone you love while possibly enabling the very behaviour you see as destructive.
Bridget and Iain will resonate with anyone who has experienced the impact of any form of addiction in their lives or who have family members with mental health problems, or challenging relationships.
Resources that were invaluable to the creation of this film.
ADDICT IN THE FAMILY, a book by Beverly Conyers.
Stories of loss, hope, and recovery.
CADS: Community Alcohol and Drug Services, New Zealand.
Based on the play Bridget and Iain by Norelle Scott.
"This play was written to explore the rift that occurs between a mother and son when another relationship or force intervenes. In this case the intervening force is drug addiction. The play marks a turning point in the character's relationship, which may be the beginning of end or a new beginning. In many ways this is a maturation piece, a mother letting go, a son walking away."
Bridget and Iain made its' North American debut in 2016 at the Short+Sweet Festival Hollywood. The production won The People's Choice award, presented by the City of Los Angeles and Leah Patterson won Best Director of the 60+ play festival.
The play Bridget and Iain was first produced in 2007 by A Lethal Set, as part of mother/whaea/tama/son at The Maidment Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand. This play was commissioned to explore the relationship between mothers and sons throughout their life cycle.