Richard Curtis discusses why he made Mary & Martha in the latest issue of The Radio Times. He explains how he learned the sad, strange truth about malaria through his work with Comic Relief, that it’s a disease that’s “entirely preventable and curable” but kills “a million people a year, most of them children.”
Curtis decided he couldn’t just go on being:
a writer who knew about this stuff intimately, and yet continued to write fictional films, usually featuring weddings.
This, he says, is why he wrote Mary & Martha.
The film was directed by Phillip Noyce, and the BBC will premiere it on Friday March 1st. HBO will be screening it in the coming weeks too.
Here’s the BBC’s trailer for the film.