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Mary's Ruse - Short Film

A project by: Eve Farrell



from 14 donors

A short film about manipulation, betrayal and relationships.

MAry's Ruse

We're trying to raise £500 to help us fund our second year of university short film 'Mary's Ruse'! Our film tells the story of Mary who capitalises on her good looks and personality to get back at men after being treated badly in the past, but is increasingly under pressure from her partner as her facade falls apart upon taking on her newest victim: her partner's best friend.

'Mary's Ruse' tells the story of a flawed young woman who is unable to fully understand herself and her desires, based off " 'Terror. My Friend's Story' from Eleven Stories" by Chekhov, we bring a new perspective and take on the story and its general premise.

During our studies from the theoretical part of our degree as well as from out general understanding and analyses of the media today, we've noticed that women's stories are often under-told, especially that of the 'anti-hero' / a morally grey character. We wanted to challenge this representational issue, and thus the idea for 'Mary's Ruse' was created.

We hope you see value in our project, too! By donating you'll be able to help us realise this project and help it reach its full potential!

Who are WE? - A Little bit about us!


Hi! I’m Saima, directing the film “Mary’s Ruse”. I’m mostly looking forward to meeting my cast and watching my vision turn into something real. I hope you join us for the journey and enjoy the finished product when it's all done!


Hello, I'm Eve and I'm the producer and writer for Mary's Ruse! I'm in charge of all the admin as well as consulting with the director for creative ideas surrounding the script. I'm really enjoying an admin and creative role on this project as I feel it's helping me develop multiple areas which will be useful upon looking for a job after the completion of my degree! For our project I'm really looking forward to seeing it all come together during the production stage.


Hiya! I am Grace and I’m in charge of Casting and Production Design for Mary’s Ruse. I am looking forward to bringing Mary’s powerful personality to life through building a whole new world on set and watching our actors flourish within it. I am excited to see how this film comes together and I hope you enjoy it when it comes out! Please donate on our crowdfunding page to aid us in creating this fabulous world of Mary’s Ruse. Thank you!


Hi, I’m Katie and I am the Costume Designer for ‘Mary’s Ruse’. I am most looking forward to creating different costumes to convey a variety of messages and ideologies; then seeing the reaction of the audience. Having a creative role in the project is brilliant.


Hey! I'm Izzy and I am the cinematographer for Mary's Ruse. I have always loved the creative elements of photography and film and am excited to explore those same elements in our short-fiction film. Cinematography is integral in the portrayal of the plot and storyline so I'm excited to get stuck in with the project. I also can't wait to work with our talented actors and hopefully create something that we are all proud of!


Hi my name is Lydia and I am going to be the sound engineer for this project. I’m really looking forward to seeing our vision for the film come to life whilst learning new skills and having fun.

Where will the money go?

All of the money will go towards our project! (Check out the cost breakdown below to see where it'll specifically go!)

During the crowdfunding campaign (as well as during the production), we'll be giving updates on our Instagram - so be sure to check that out!

If we have any extra funds left over, they'll go towards paying the actors, on extra rewards for our donors or towards our university's department!

Cost breakdown (estimates):

  • Costumes - min. £100 - max. £200
  • Props - min. £50 - max. £100
  • Travel - min. £19.20 - max. £28.80
  • Food - min. £62 - max. £90


For everyone who donates we have some rewards in store so you get your money's worth! Check out our rewards section to find out in further detail!

Find us here:

@marysruse on Instagram

Help us succeed!

  • You don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.
  • In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.
  • And we know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen.