Winter is a film about Mandy King-Holmes. Mandy is 50 years old. She lives in York, has two children and four dogs. Mandy also has terminal lung cancer.

A delicate, filmed portrait of a person at the end of their life, Mandy gave full and generous commitment to the project and was extraordinarily good humoured and open, talking about the numerous challenges she overcame as a child, an adult and a parent.

Winter was commissioned as one quarter of Quarantine Theatre’s “Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring.” an epic quartet of performances about the human life-cycle and our relationship with time. The other three pieces were live performances made up of casts of ordinary people. Making Winter. as a film was an opportunity to focus on a close up; a portrait of just one person.

Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. premiered in March 2016 at The Old Granada Studios, Manchester the former home of Coronation Street. Winter. was produced as a super wide-screen projection, incorporating diptych and triptych to depict the complexities of a life.

A stand alone film version was completed in 2018.

‘quietly, determinedly brilliant’ — The Stage

‘by far the most successfully realised component of the sequence.… a quietly moving tribute’ — The Guardian


By Rachel Davies and Daniel Saul Featuring Mandy King Holmes Concept and direction Richard Gregory Lighting Camera Vron Harris Music/Sound Design Graeme Miller Production Support Lisa Mattocks, Steph Walker, Greg Akehurst Video Programmer Jim Dawson


Theatre edit
Quartet - Quarantine Theatre. Premiere. Old Granada Studios Manchester UK
24 & 26 March, 2 & 3 April 2016

Inbetween Time. Arnolfini Gallery Bristol UK
9-19 February 2017

Take Me Somewhere – The Art of Careful Practice. Glasgow University UK
5 March 2017

Norfolk & Norwich festival. UK
13 & 14 May 2017

OPEN. Lancaster University UK
18 May 2017

Visions in the Nunnery. Bow Arts London UK
24 November 2018

Home. Manchester UK
18 November 2019

Cinema edit
Aesthetica International Short Film Festival. York UK
10 November 2019