Migrant Mother

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by Michael Symmons Roberts

A lyrical drama inspired by the events which led to Dorothea Lange's iconic photograph of Florence Owens Thompson.

California 1936. Florence Owens Thompson and her family have joined the thousands of migrant workers flocking across America in search of work. Homeless, desperately hungry and faced with the threat of mob violence, her hopeful resolution is quickly fading.

Photographer Dorothea is following the migrants to their make-shift refugee camps, desperate to find the image which will capture the extent of their hardship, to bring about a change in American policy and hearts. A chance meeting with Florence could bring about the image she is looking for.

Although inspired by a true story, certain events and characters have been created or changed for dramatic effect.

Dorothea....Teresa Gallagher

Paul....Ian Porter

Florence....Anne Wittman

Jim....Kerry Shale

Henry....Allen Lidkey

Troy....Oliver Lee

Receptionist....Kathryn Hunt

Music by Pat Mo Sheeran

Written by Michael Symmons Roberts

Directed by Susan Roberts

Producer: Charlotte Riches.

Drama inspired by Dorothea Lange's iconic photograph of Florence Owens Thompson.

California 1936.

Florence Owens Thompson and her family have joined the thousands of migrant workers flocking across America in search of work.

Homeless, desperately hungry and faced with the threat of mob violence, her hopeful resolution is quickly fading.

Photographer Dorothea is following the migrants to their make-shift refugee camps, desperate to find the image which will capture the extent of their hardship, to bring about a change in American policy and hearts.

A chance meeting with Florence could bring about the image she is looking for.