a film by Victoria Mapplebeck

“A candid, unsentimental, perceptive and profoundly moving portrait of the highs and lows of motherhood.”

Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“‘Tender, intimate, funny and entirely absorbing”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Keeps you watching spellbound”

Nicole Santé, Business Doc Europe

“It is something of a miracle”

Santanu Das, Hindustan Times

BAFTA award-winning director Victoria Mapplebeck has spent 20 years filming the joy, pain and comedy of raising her son Jim alone

At the age of 38, Victoria found herself single, pregnant and broke. Unable to combine motherhood with freelance directing, she was forced to abandon her career in TV, instead turning the camera on herself and her son, Jim. Victoria first began documenting their lives with her old DVCAM before shooting almost daily on five generations of smartphones, from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 13. She recorded hundreds of hours of footage, capturing each twist and turn in Jim’s life, from the thumbs-up he gave during her first scan, to his first day at college.

MOTHERBOARD is a celebration of messy lives, single parenthood, and proof that epic journeys can begin and end at home. Over two decades, Victoria captures a life where breast cancer, absent fathers and depression are part of the package, but where life still wins every time. And where everything will be fine as long as you don’t lose your sense of humour.

Motherboard is made by First Person Films in partnership with OKRE and Autlook Filmsales. It’s filmed, directed and edited by Victoria Mapplebeck and executive produced by Debbie Manners.

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Filmed and Directed by Victoria Mapplebeck, Executive Producer, Debbie Manners, Editors, Oli Bauer, Victoria Mapplebeck , Creative Consultant, Jim Mapplebeck, Composers, Jamie Perera, Ed Seed, Sound Design, John Wakefield, Executive Producer for OKRE, Iain Dodgeon, International Sales, Autlook Films.


Victoria Mapplebeck

Victoria Mapplebeck

Writer, Director and Editor

Victoria is a BAFTA award winning artist and director, who has worked in film, VR and immersive audio. Her works explore autobiographical stories which ask universal questions about our relationship with technology, parenting, health and wellbeing. Victoria is passionate about the innovation, intimacy and diversity of smartphone filmmaking. Her films have won many awards including a BAFTA.

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Debbie Manners

Debbie Manners

Executive Producer

Debbie’s previous roles include Director of Rights and Business Affairs at the BBC, Director of Rights for Flextech TV, Chair of PACT, Commercial Director at RDF, COO of Hattrick, CEO of Keo Films and Senior Investment director at Ingenious Media. Debbie works in an advisory capacity in the TV and Film industry, including acting as a non-executive director for companies spanning production, distribution and production services. She is also a founder partner and executive producer for First Person Films with director Victoria Mapplebeck. Debbie was the executive producer on Victoria’s BAFTA winning short film ‘Missed Call’ in 2019. In addition to her formal roles Debbie is involved in a number of projects and companies alongside her day job, including launching a small restaurant group, HERE Cafe Ltd, and holding the role of Chair for the charity SafeHands.
Salma Abdalla, Autlook Film Sales

Salma Abdalla, Autlook Film Sales


Autlook is one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries, hybrids and doc series. Autlook offers a full spectrum of distribution, in-house, customized sales and festival strategies that help maximize revenues, audience engagement that fosters filmmakers’ careers, and an endless passion for the art of documentaries

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