My Mother's Son - A Short Film

The story of Ricky, a loner and new father, struggling to come to terms with his childhood and the mother that left him. At odds with his Italian upbringing, he travels to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, his mother's birth place, in the hope of finding some answers.

My Mother's Son is a short experimental film. Completed in 2012, the film screened at the Golden Knight Film Festival.

The film, written by Edward Caruana Galizia, is an intense and playful piece about liberation from a fraught maternal bond. Speaking about the film, Edward said "People usually can tell where you are from just by looking at you. People look Italian, people look Spanish, English, Scandinavian etc. In a world where people look their nationality what happens to those who do not. Ricky, with his distinctive blond features, is an example of this. He is neither fish nor fowl.

The film is about Identity and Newcastle is famous for it’s structures, buildings, in short it has a very unique identity of it’s own. Ricky’s journey and connection to his mother is firmly set in the city and we worked various elements of Newcastle and surround areas into the story."

My Mother's Son used a mixture of formats to communicate episodes in time and place. Cinematographer Graham Vasey experimented with lomo kino and DSLR cameras, as well as colour and camera movement.


Producer: Maria Caruana Galizia

Director: Maria Caruana Galizia

Writer: Edward Caruana Galizia

Cinematographer: Graham Vasey

Full cast and crew

Ricky Edward Caruana Galizia

Ricky's Mother Sophie Ellwood

Ricky's Father Luke Evans

Producer Maria Caruana Galizia

Executive Producer Charles Said Vassallo

Executive Producer Angela Bianchi

Executive Producer Michael Mangion

Director Maria Caruana Galizia

Writer Edward Caruana Galizia

Cinematographer Graham Vasey

Editor Jonathan Jones

Composer Edward Abela

Costume Design Karen Lacey

Production Manager Richard Cutts