9th April 2013

HBO Canada Puts Spotlight On Malaria Awareness

posted in National News By: | Print This Post Print This Post

hbo canadaOscar® 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.

You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

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.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 3:42 pm and is filed under National News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
  1. Tami Quiring (@VillageGamer)
    8:43 am on April 9th, 2013

    .@HBO Canada Puts Spotlight On Malaria Awareness with HBO Films’ Mary And Martha & @SpreadtheNet Screening Event http://t.co/r7TzyOS1uV

  2. Spread the Net (@SpreadtheNet)
    1:44 am on April 10th, 2013

    RT @VillageGamer: .@HBO Canada Puts Spotlight On Malaria Awareness with HBO Films’ Mary And Martha & @SpreadtheNet Screening Event http://t.co/r7TzyOS1uV

You must be logged in to post a comment.

  • Archives

  • Subscribe to our Newsletter


  • Select a list:

    Annex|Pro
  • GuildWars2Live
  • Canadian Online Gamers
  • GWEN Radio
  • Gamers Giving Back

Optimization WordPress Plugins & Solutions by W3 EDGE