There are lots of films about all-too-perfect mothers, and plenty about bad-to-the-bone matriarchs, but what about more recognisably real mums? The kind that are messed up or just trying to keep it altogether? Here’s our Mother’s Day hug to those big screen mums doing it tough.
For some high profile actors, appearing in movies just isn’t enough. Natural born multi-taskers like Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and more find inspiration and even employment in second, non-cinematic fields as diverse as music, literature, philanthropy, cooking and architecture.
For some directors, the process of making a film is a richly collaborative one. For others – such as the rogue’s gallery of bullies, perfectionists, manipulators, dictators, sadists, hard taskmasters, and provocateurs collected here – there’s nothing even remotely democratic about it.