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Mary L Carr

I was born in Sheffield and have lived most of my life here. I have been working as counsellor/supervisor for 25 years and prior to that I worked in education. I have been writing on and off for many years. In the past few years I have been pleased that Now Then has published my writing - both poetry and film reviews. I live in one of Sheffield's many leafy suburbs, where a share a home with my cat Zelda.

Reviews in Retrospect: A Beautiful Mind

Ron Howard’s adaptation explores the interface of our inner and outer worlds, and the capacity we have in creating reality from what we value most.

Reviews in Retrospect: Smoke

Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's 1995 indie comedy drama explores the interconnectivity of personal stories and the prospect of recovery through community and connection.

The Favourite

The Favourite, a genre-defying delight, has at its centre a woman's grief. That this woman is Queen Anne - in a career-defining performance …

A Star Is Born

A Star is Born, the unashamedly romantic love story of Jack (Bradley Cooper, also director) and Ally (Lady Gaga), is a well-known tale. Thre…

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody, whilst a competent chronology of rock band Queen's meteoric rise, is also the story of one man's struggle with his constr…

Celluloid Screams 2018 / Apostacy

Celluloid Screams 18-21 October As the nights draw in and All Hallows' Eve approaches, an air of expectation and danger spreads across the c…

Filmreel Doc/Fest 2018, Part 2 / Leave No Trace

Several of Doc/Fest 2018’s most impressive films, especially in their clear aim to give voice to their central protagonists, revolve around …

Several of Doc/Fest 2018’s most impressive films, especially in their clear aim to give voice to their central protagonists, revolve around 

Thread

The story is stitched inside you;unpicking it will not remove the threadthat has two strands entwined: the one that goes from next to then,f…

The story is stitched inside you;unpicking it will not remove the threadthat has two strands entwined:
the one that goes from next to then,f

Scenario

It is your lover or possibly your mother,you are four or forty four; it’s a life time away, it’s yesterday What’s always the same is that yo…

It is your lover or possibly your mother,you are four or forty four; it’s a life time away, it’s yesterday
What’s always the same is that yo

Snow blindness

After a few days we don’t notice the whiteness, only the quiet andthe quality of light.Here, looking out of the windowthe sky is heavy with …

After a few days we don’t notice the whiteness, only the quiet andthe quality of light.Here, looking out of the windowthe sky is heavy with 

Killing the Azalea

I noticed it wasn’t doing well,had spent weeks moving it fromone room to another replenishingwater in the saucer as I had for my late cat. I…

I noticed it wasn’t doing well,had spent weeks moving it fromone room to another replenishingwater in the saucer as I had for my late cat.
I

Late Autumn Afternoon

‘Isn’t it dark outside?' you say, looking out the window from the settee that has itself known better days. Now it feels selfish to have op…

‘Isn’t it dark outside?' you say, looking out the window
from the settee that has itself known better days.
Now it feels selfish to have op

Reversible

Today I’m wearing my body inside out;I was in a hurry when I got up this morning;I also left my feet under the bedand my hands possibly in t…

Today I’m wearing my body inside out;I was in a hurry when I got up this morning;I also left my feet under the bedand my hands possibly in t