Mary Lost Her Battle
Release date: 06 November 2022
Duration: 5 minutes

Director - Oisín Power
Producer – Jen Bradfield
Music – Matthew Dwivedi
arrangements, assistant composition, all strings: Cécile Lambert-Segura
Clarinet: Alistair Baillie
Sound Engineer: Sam Welch


A personal remembrance of the late Mary, the filmmaker’s mother, and how she lived with her cancer. This film questions the notion of ‘battling’ an illness, and considers how violent, war-like language can unintentionally hold ill people accountable for their recovery.

Making use of charcoal sketches and oil painting, this film suggests that cancer is a unique journey and specific to every individual. Consequently, when any support is offered, the perspectives of those with cancer should be considered.

By including intimate footage showing the final days of Mary's life, 'Mary Lost her Battle' proposes that we shouldn't let our societal fear of death negatively influence our attitudes to end-of-life care.

New Creatives is supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts