Mary Anthony has always been an avid reader and movie buff. she has read at every stage of her life and started reading on her own at age 6, and had a book in her hand ever since. So it was but natural that she would step someday into making both of these passions come alive. Being graduated in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune she then went on to do MBA from IGNOU. All this while she was working in a corporate environment, but soon realized that she wasn’t made for the rat race.
Mary left the corporate sector and started her own blog ‘Beautilicious Freaks’, she learned to write and manage a fashion blog from scratch, worked with many brands through influencer programmes. She rebranded the account ‘Razzi Styl’ – ‘when pandemic hit and noticed that it looks selfish to sell glamorous products while half the world is losing out on jobs. So I shut down my fashion blog and stepped into the author domain’-shares Mary with Storymakers.
Soon Mary Anthony started Myriadword Publication with the aim of showcasing upcoming authors from all around the world. “I do free author interviews and book reviews; it was my struggles as an upcoming author that prompted me to start this platform. I recently released two short story eBooks on Kindle. My novella’s will release by the end of the year, it is amazing how I get to connect with a whole bunch of intellectuals via my book blog and get to discuss ideas, and positive stories. It inspires me to become a better author.”
About filmmaking, Mary started Morart Films with zero budget and lots of film ideas in her head. She forayed into script writing and directing with her debut short film Makeup released on Youtube last year. It deals with the issues of marital abuse. The shortfilm has been featured in India’s number one short films channel Six Sigma Films. Makeup recently got screened for Lift-Off Global Network, First Time Film Makers Session 2019, Pinewoods Studio UK. It is also a semi-finalist for Lisbon Film Rendevouz 2019. January 25th Makeup – short film won Runner-up at the Orange Flower Film Festival, Mumbai. and the best part is she actually directed this short film via Skype!
I have no formal training for being a film-maker, but this did not stop me. I had to do it and the little voice inside me always says “That’s it, This is why you are here – Do it” says Mary
Her second short film Minutes – To Live and Die has been shot on a mobile completely during the lockdown period. The film depicts the struggles of being a bi-polar during quarantine. It has already been chosen as official selection for Lift-Off Global Network sessions 2020, Lift-Off Global Network First Time Filmmaker Sessions 2020 and semi-finalist for Lisbon Rendevouz Film Festival.
The Author Director will soon be starting a second interview and podcast series ‘Director Talks’ which will showcase film talents from all over the world. “I feel we all have a story to be told and there are amazing talents that need to be brought to light, hence this free platform through my social media channels.”
I will never say I’m fully accomplished because I believe we all learn something new every day, we find inspiration from each other. There is no such thing as perfection, when I started out as a film-maker many said I don’t hold a film making degree or attended a film school. You don’t need a degree to master any skill; I simply observe films, the background, the story, the idea with which it is made. Pay attention to the details you can learn a lot by just being a keen observer. Secondly I would suggest read and read a lot, there are plenty of free books available on every topic. Thirdly network, be humble while you meet new people, and respect every talent.
If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it ___ Beverly Cleary
Being an advocate for mental health Mary has partnered with a UK based organization ‘The Creative Mental Health Guide’, They run the ‘Good Mental Health’ festival for the months September and October. which icludes poetry slams, discussions and organizing movie night around mental health awareness. They are also launching a mental health magazine that will showcase articles, poems, art and topics on positive mental health development. Feel free to join their festival and contribute your talent for the magazine. We as a society need to build a dialogue towards a positive mental health!
Edited by Raavya Sarda