Oscar® winner Hilary Swank and Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn star in HBO Films’ Mary and Martha, the story of two mothers who find a way to make a difference by dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. The film premieres Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada), day-and-date with HBO in the U.S., and re-airs on Thursday, April 25 to commemorate World Malaria Day.
To help increase awareness about malaria prevention, Spread the Net, in participation with HBO Canada, is inviting supporters to A Night Out for Nets on Thursday, April 18. The event is an exclusive screening of Mary and Martha hosted by Spread the Net Co-Chair Rick Mercer. Space is limited and supporters can visit Spread The Net for more details. A Night Out for Nets aims to raise awareness about malaria in the days leading up to World Malaria Day.
Mary and Martha is a fictional story inspired by real events starring Swank as Mary, an American interior designer who takes her little boy on an extended trip to Africa, and Blethyn as Martha, an English housewife whose own son heads to Africa as a volunteer. When malaria strikes both of their sons, the lives of these very different women change forever as they forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process.
In addition to Swank and Blethyn, the film also stars Sam Claflin, Frank Grillo and James Woods.
Mary and Martha is an HBO Films Presentation of a WTTV Working Title Television Production, in association with BBC and NBC Universal. The film is executive produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Juliette Howell and Liza Chasin and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and Genevieve Hofmeyr.
In Eastern Canada, the film will be available in High Definition, on demand, on TMN GO, and on HBO Canada OnLine.
In Western Canada, programming will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD; on demand, via mobile and online with participating service providers.