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"Mary and Martha" on HBO is a TV movie starring Hilary Swank (Oscar winner for "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby") and Brenda Blethyn (Oscar nominee for "Secrets & Lies" and "Little Voice").

Directed by Phillip Noyce ("Salt," "The Quiet American") from a screenplay written by Richard Curtis (Oscar nominee for "Four Weddings and a Funeral," Emmy winner for HBO's "The Girl in the Café"), "Mary and Martha" depicts the epic journey of two mothers who bond over the mutual loss of their sons to malaria. Sam Claflin, James Woods, Frank Grillo, Ian Redford and Stephanie Faracy also star.

Hilary Swank stars as Mary and Brenda Blethyn stars as Martha, an American interior designer and British housewife who have little in common apart from the one thing they wish they didn't — both have lost sons to malaria. Promising adventure and seeking some time to reconnect with her young son, Mary takes George to South Africa in an effort to be an "extraordinary mom." While on a trip to a remote area, he contracts the disease. Martha's son Ben died while working as a volunteer at an orphanage in Mozambique; he had given his own malaria pills to the children there thinking he was not himself in danger.

When the two mothers meet in Africa, they bond over their shared loss while struggling with their grief and the strains on their marriages. Forging a deep friendship, they dedicate themselves to the cause of malaria prevention at great personal cost. Enlisting the help of Mary's estranged father, a prominent politician, the two women beseech both the powers that be and ordinary people to get involved, realizing a shared responsibility to all the world's children.

"Mary and Martha" is an HBO Films Presentation of a WTTV Working Title Television Production, in association with BBC and NBC Universal; executive produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin and Juliette Howell; and produced by Genevieve Hofmeyr and Hilary Bevan Jones.

Review: 'Mary and Martha' can't connect
Mother courage


Network: HBO
Genre: Drama
Premiere Date: April 20, 2013
Production Company: WTTV Working Title Television

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