Familiar faces in Lifetime screening

  • Maternal Secrets

  • Pointing the way: director Lucinda Spurling talks to Maternal Secrets cast members Owain Johnston, Kelly McGillis and Terlena Murphy in preparation to shoot a scene at the Southside Police Station. Maternal Secrets will get its broadcast debut on the Lifetime network on Saturday at 9pm

    Pointing the way: director Lucinda Spurling talks to Maternal Secrets cast members Owain Johnston, Kelly McGillis and Terlena Murphy in preparation to shoot a scene at the Southside Police Station. Maternal Secrets will get its broadcast debut on the Lifetime network on Saturday at 9pm

  • One take Chardonne: Bermudian actress Chardonne Paynter, centre, acting with Kate Mansi and Sean Stolzen in Lucinda Spurling抯 Maternal Secrets, to be broadcast on the Lifetime network on Saturday at 9pm

    One take Chardonne: Bermudian actress Chardonne Paynter, centre, acting with Kate Mansi and Sean Stolzen in Lucinda Spurling抯 Maternal Secrets, to be broadcast on the Lifetime network on Saturday at 9pm


Tune into Lifetime this weekend and you may see a few familiar faces. Maternal Secrets, a movie made in Bermuda, and featuring several local actors, will debut on the cable channel on Saturday.

The film was directed by Bermudian Lucinda Spurling, who wrote it with Louise Burfitt-Dons.

揑t is very exciting because it feels like the film has finally found its home,?she said.

It抯 expected that Saturday抯 screening of Maternal Secrets will draw as many as 2.7 million viewers from around the world.

The film was made in 2017 and picked up by American film distribution company MarVista in 2018.

揟heir role is to sell the film on,?Ms Spurling said. 揑t was released on Apple TV and Amazon in 2018. Then they commenced international sales. It did very well internationally but we have never had a US television broadcast, until now.?/p>

She thought the film would be great promotion for the island.

Fourways Inn, Harbourfront Restaurant, Coral Beach&Tennis Club, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Jobson抯 Cove and the Fairmont Southampton are featured as backdrops.

揃ermuda is a beautiful location and offers a lot of production value but is very expensive to pull off,?Ms Spurling said.

Maternal Secrets follows Aubrey, a pregnant woman who visits Bermuda with her boyfriend Jackson, a United States senator.

When Jackson disappears without a trace Aubrey doesn抰 know who to trust and is forced to fight to find him.

Golden Globe nominee Kelly McGillis and Emmy Award winner Kate Mansi, play leading roles.

Ms Spurling said that the largely local cast helped save on production costs as accommodation, travel and food expenses were all relatively low.

Owain Johnston, Chardonne Paynter, Terlena Murphy, Paige Hallett and LeVar Hollis were among the Bermudian actors cast.

The film marked a first for Ms Paynter, who has worked in New York as an actor for some time. 揟he fact that I booked my first speaking role in my home country was really special,?said Ms Paynter, who played a waitress. 揑 had about four lines.

揕ucinda came up to me and told me she really wants to get my part in. She wanted to give me my screen time, so I had to get it right on the first take.?/p>

As a result, the crew praised her by calling her 揙ne Take Chardonne?

Ms Paynter, who has had background roles on the Netflix series Luke Cage and the television show Knife Fight, is hoping Maternal Secrets?Lifetime screening will lead to bigger jobs.

Terlena Murphy, who played a police officer in the film, said acting was a childhood dream of hers.

揑t was surreal being in the film,?she said. 揑t was one of the best experiences I抳e had to date. My first day I felt like a 憆eal?actor.

揑 remember standing and having someone touching me up with make-up, while I was being fitted for my costume.?/p>

Ms Murphy added: 揈veryone was super positive and professional. I thought the production team was great.?/p>

Maternal Secrets involves a car crash, but even the stunt driver for that scene was found locally.

Jevaughn Simons, a security guard and customs officer, learnt defensive driving as part of an intensive six-week course in South Africa.

揟he movie was the first time I抎 ever done stunt driving,?he said. 揑 practised a bit ahead of time at the Southside racetrack in St David抯.?/p>

He was thrilled and a little nervous when it came time to film, worried he would flip out the car.

揟he first time it didn抰 spin all the way,?he said. 揑 thought the back wheels would hit the curb. It was very fun, and something I really didn抰 expect to do.?

He is telling everyone he knows to watch Saturday抯 screening.

Ms Spurling thought the timing ?during a pandemic with many people around the world subject to curfews ?was perfect.

揟here are also no sports, so hopefully the women will rule the remote,?she joked. 揌opefully, we will have good viewership.?/p>

Her ultimate goal is to see Maternal Secrets picked up by Netflix.

揂 lot of MarVista movies will end up on Netflix eventually,?she said. 揟hat is something we are hoping for in the future.?/p>

?Watch Maternal Secrets on Lifetime on Saturday at 9pm

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Published May 7, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated May 7, 2020 at 11:02 am)

Familiar faces in Lifetime screening

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