The short film Mayfly. It was written and directed by Michael Bodie and deals with the sensitive topic of assisted suicide and death.
Bodie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts from UC Davis as a writer/director. His fifth short film was Mayfly.
What are Mayflies About?
Mayflies are based on Andrew O’Hagan’s 2020 novel of the same name, and it tells the story of lifelong friends Jimmy and Tully.
“Everyone has a Tully Dawson (Tony Curran) – the friend who defines your life,” according to the official series synopsis. In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, Jimmy (Martin Compston) and Tully spark a brilliant friendship based on music, films, and the rebel spirit.
“With school out of the way and their fathers’ locked world ahead of them, they rush towards the pinnacle of their youth: a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicenter of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain. A vow is made there, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded: to approach life differently.
“The phone rings thirty years later, half a life away. Tully has bad news and a request that will put their friendship, love, and loyalty to the test…
“Mayfly is a memorial to youth’s euphoria as well as everyday tragedy. A tender farewell to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.”
Mayflies Cast – Who Stars With Martin Compston?
Mayflies stars Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Tony Curran (Your Honour) as Jimmy and Tully, respectively, with Ashley Jensen (set to star in Shetland) and Tracy Ifeachor (Showtrial) playing Tully’s partner Anna and Jimmy’s wife Iona.
Meanwhile, Rian Gordon (Karen Pirie) and Tom Glynn-Carney (SAS Rogue Heroes) play the younger versions of Jimmy and Tully.
The Mayflies cast is as follows:
- Martin Compston as Jimmy
- Tony Curran as Tully
- Ashley Jensen as Anna
- Tracy Ifeachor as Iona
- Rian Gordon as Young Jimmy
- Tom Glynn-Carney as Young Tully
- Paul Gorman as Young Hogg
- Mitchell Robertson as Young Tibbs
- Elaine C Smith as Barbara
- Shauna Macdonald as Fiona
- Cal MacAninch as Tibbs
- Colin McCredie as Scott
- Matt Littleson as Young Limbo
Mayflies Release Date
Mayflies is a two-part drama that will air on BBC1 on Wednesday, December 28 at 9 p.m. and Thursday, December 29 at 9 p.m.
Mayflies will also be available on BBCiPlayer, and any US or international air dates will be posted here.
Is There a Trailer for Mayflies?
Yes, the BBC has released a Mayflies trailer, which depicts Tully and James’ incredible friendship. Check out the video below…