Bad Mother


Mini Productions in association with First Person Productions and Parkland Pictures present Bad Mother…

Based on the true story of a mother at the end of her tether who finds understanding and solace from a stranger on the beach. But is she right to trust this woman, another mother, with the care of her children? Bad Mother explores the struggles of motherhood, questioning our relationship with strangers in this modern world, and how we judge each other as mums.

Bad Mother is the writer/director debut for Marnie Baxter and Nicola Stuart-Hill. Both women have over 20 years experience in the industry as actors spanning across film, television and theatre.

John Cairns, Executive Producer, is the founder and CEO of the Parkland Pictures, developing, financing, producing and selling feature films and documentaries. John started his film career in 1982 producing music videos and during this time he produced and directed many TV commercials, corporate and government films and production managed a TV series for the BBC.

John has Produced /  Executive Produced the feature films: L’ Amour Caché (Isabelle Huppert, Melanie Laurent), The Tender Hook (Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne), The Heavy (Gary Stretch, Vinnie Jones, Christopher Lee), All At Sea (Brian Cox, Lauren Bacall, James Fox), Allies (Julian Ovendon, Chris Reilly, Matt Willis).

Parkland Pictures are currently in development on several features: Calum’s Way, Pharmicide, Monstrous Love, Moonglow, Off the Reservation,  and amongst others,  a series of psychological thrillers based on the novels of Michael Stewart.

Also attached as Executive Producer is the undeniable talent that is Linda Marlowe, who worked with Steven Berkoff over a twenty-five year span as his leading lady in most of his plays, touring internationally and in Londons West End. Her association with him gave rise to her first solo show, Berkoff’s Women, directed by Josie Lawrence. Other credits include Big Zapper, Beckett, Manifesto and Day of the Dead.

An excellently unsettling directorial debut – Mark Kermode (at Shetland Film Festival)

Balancing Trust & Fear: The True Story Behind The Gripping Short Film Bad Mother – Moms in Film

Marnie Baxter, Writer & Director of ‘Bad Mother’ – More Than a Mutha

Scottish Actress & Director Marnie Baxter talks career, acting & filmmaking - Indie Activity

Featured Female Filmmakers – The Women’s Direction

Marnie Baxter on motherhood and filmmaking – Raising Films

Interview with Filmmaker Marnie Baxter & Nicola Stuart-Hill - Matthew Toffolo’s Summary



Bad Mother is a short film about trust. It explores the vulnerabilities of parenting in the modern world, and asks questions about what we do every day to keep our children safe.