Mother's Skin

Leah Johnston


Newfoundland, 1971. A neglected six-year-old girl struggles to cope with her mother's depression and her father's alcoholic rage. She Spends Her Days Alone, Fending for Herself, as Her Father Works and Her Mother Sleeps. At night, violence erupts around her, threatening to tear her family apart. But when the girl discovers a secret hidden within their home, her dysfunctional world takes on a strange new meaning.



Best Atlantic Short
Atlantic International Film Festival, Canada, 2023

Outstanding Performance Award
Atlantic International Film Festival, Canada, 2023


Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, 2022

Montreal Nouveau Cinéma Festival, Canada, 2022

Silver Wave Film Festival, Canada, 2022

Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Canada, 2023

Les Filministes, Canada, 2023

Ohlar de Cinema, Brazil, 2023

Shanghai International Film Festival, China, 2023

Atlantic International Film Festival, Canada, 2023

Verin International Short Film Festival, Spain, 2023

Cinema on the Bayou, USA, 2024

Mother's Skin

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Director: Leah Johnston

Script: Leah Johnston

Interpretation: Briar Mosher, Rhiannon Morgan & Joel Thomas Hynes

DOP: Jason Buxton

Sound: Josh Owen, Olivia King

Editing: Leah Johnston

Production: Leah Johnston, Jason Buxton


Original: English
Subtitles: French


1.37/5.1 or stereo
DCP, Pro Res

Leah Johnston
Leah Johnston
Nova Scotia

LEAH JOHNSTON (WRITER/DIRECTOR) is an award-winning filmmaker from Nova Scotia, Canada. Her most recent short film, INGRID AND THE BLACK HOLE, premiered at Fantasia Film Festival and was showcased at over twenty film festivals, winning eight awards, including Best Canadian Short at Edmonton International Film Festival. She is the recipient of the Corus Fearless Female Filmmaker Award (2015), the $35,000 Bravofact/WIFT Prize (2015) and the National Screen Institute Drama Prize (2013). She graduated with a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is an alumni of the National Screen Institute, the Reykjavik Talent Lab and the Academy of Canadian Cinema Directing program.

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