A Clever Woman

A beguiling drama touching on loss, guilt, creativity, and the bonds of sisterhood. 


“Funny and ever-surprising”


“A moving film that sensitively explores the complicated nature of grief”

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Sisters and performance artists Phoebe and Dot (Josie Lawrence and Tanya Myers) have returned to their family home on the Isle of Wight a year after the death of their composer mother. As they prepare the house for its sale, clearing decades of family clutter, they have started to work on a site-specific performance piece about their complex relationship with their mother and her serial infidelities; this incorporates her compositions for pianola and songs using the poems of Mary Coleridge, one of which, A Clever Woman, gives the film its title.

Over one day, they – plus house-sitting musician Tom (James Northcote) and the sisters’ producer/curator Monica (Anna Mottram) – are forced to engage with the ghosts of the past and the void left behind.

Beguiling and free-spirited, Jon Sanders and Anna Mottram’s uplifting film explores family bonds and the process of mourning.

Released in the UK 21st April 2023

  • Director: Jon Sanders
  • Year: 2022
  • Country: UK
  • Duration: 88 minutes
  • Genre: Drama
  • Production company: Jon Sanders Films
  • Cert: 15

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PREVIEW: ICA, London  |  Q&A with Jon Sanders, Anna Mottram, James Northcote and Composer Douglas Finch  |  Tuesday 18th April
PREVIEW: The Garden Cinema, London  |  Q&A with Josie Lawrence, Tanya Myers, Jon Sanders and Anna Mottram  |  Thursday 20th April
ICA, London  |  From Friday 21st April
Depot, Lewes  | From Friday 21st April
DCA, Dundee  |  From Friday 21st April
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle  |  From Friday 21st April
Hebden Bridge Picture House, Hebden Bridge  |  From Friday 21st April
Glasgow Film Theatre  |  Friday 21st – Monday 24th April
Tavistock Wharf, Tavistock  |  From Friday 28th April
King Street Cinema, Ipswich  |  From Friday 28th April
ICA, London  |  From Friday 28th April
Depot, Lewes  | From Friday 28th April
Phoenix East Finchley, London  |  From Saturday 29th April
Phoenix East Finchley, London  |  + Q&A with Jon Sanders and Anna Mottram – Tuesday 2nd May
Plymouth Arts Cinema  |  From Friday 5th May
HOME, Manchester  |  From Friday 5th May
Alhambra Cinema, Keswick  | From Friday 5th May
Tower Digital Arts Centre, Helensburgh  | From Friday 5th May
QUAD, Derby  | From Friday 12th May
Chichester Cinema at New Park, Chichester  |  From Friday 12th May
Forum Cinema, Hexham  | Sunday 14th & Wednesday 17th May
Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden  |  Monday 15th May
Plough Arts Centre, Torrington  | Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th May
Waterman’s, Brentford  |  From Friday 19th May
Barn Cinema, Dartington  |  Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd & Thursday 25th May
Strode Theatre, Street  |  Tuesday 23rd May
Broadway, Nottingham  |  Q&A with Jon Sanders, Anna Mottram and Tanya Myers  | Wednesday 24th May, 7.30pm
The Theatre Chipping Norton  | Wednesday 31st May & Thursday 1st June
Alnwick Playhouse  | From Friday 2nd June
Phoenix, Leicester  | From Friday 2nd June
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax  | From Friday 2nd June
The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford  |  Q&A with Jon Sanders, Anna Mottram and James Northcote  |  Saturday 3rd June, 3.15pm
The Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford  |  Wednesday 7th June
JW3, London  |  Sunday 4th – Thursday 8th June
Harborough Cinema, Market Harborough  |  Sunday 9th & Wednesday 12th July
Gloucester Guildhall  |  Tuesday 11th – Thursday 13th July
The Courtyard, Hereford  |  Wednesday 12th – Tuesday 18th July
The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth  |  Friday 21st, Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th July
Parkway Cinema, Barnsley  |  Wednesday 26th July & Wednesday 2nd August




“Enigmatic, intriguing… accomplished and highly watchable”

Jane Darcy
The Reviews Hub

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