The Illustrated Mum

Directed by Cilla Ware
  • UK
  • 102 mins
  • 2003
  • English

Jacqueline Wilson will attend this screening and participate in a Q+A following the film.

Ten-year-old Dolphin knows the truth about her mum; she suffers from a mental illness that makes her different from all the other mums at school. But it's exactly that difference, the magic and wonder that Marigold brings to life, as well as the gloriously colourful tattoos that cover her body, that makes her really special. If only her big sister Star still believed in Marigold - then nothing would ever have to change. 

Age Suitability: 10+
The Illustrated Mum adapted from the book by our Festival Curator, beloved children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Other films chosen by Dame Jacqueline Wilson are The Secret Garden and Mandy.

Read more about Dame Jacqueline Wilson's attendance at ADIFF17. 

The Illustrated Mum is a GRANADA MEDIA CHILDREN'S Production for Channel 4 Television. This screening is courtesy of Channel 4. 


A film which looks at the highs and lows of Mental Health illnesses in the home and two very brave girls’ path to happiness.

Sarah Ahern, Fantastic Flix Programmer

Film Guests in Attendance

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dame Jacqueline Wilson. 

Film Guests in Attendance