Stephen, Mary

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Mary Stephen
Mary Stephen

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mary Stephen first learned about European cinema and the French New Wave through the pages of The Chinese Student Weekly – a popular cultural periodical of the 1950s and 1960s – with its film reviews and annotations by such noted critics as Law Kar and Sek Kei. Stephen fell in love with the films of Truffaut and Resnais, and later chose to study Communication Arts when she moved to Montreal, Canada. At university, Stephen became drawn to the experimental and surrealistic aspects of Maya Deren’s avant-garde films as well as the writings of Anaïs Nin. Upon graduation, she began to make and edit her own films before making the acquaintance of French New Wave director Éric Rohmer. Rohmer invited Stephen to work as an assistant to his chief editor, and eventually Stephen took over and became Rohmer’s regular editor and collaborator. She edited his films up to his death in 2010 (the last feature they worked on together was The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, released in 2007). In recent years, Stephen has worked as editor on numerous mainland Chinese and Hong Kong productions, including Li Yang’s Blind Mountain (2007), Fan Lixin’s documentary Last Train Home (2009), Freddie Wong’s Liu Yichang adaptation The Drunkard (or Jiu Tu, 2010), Jessey Tsang’s documentary Flowing Stories (2014), and Amos Why’s indie feature Dot 2 Dot (2014).

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Feature Films:

Role Title (English) Title (other) Year
Editor The Lady Improper 非分熟女 2019
Editor Napping Kid 逆向誘拐 2018
Editor Our Time Will Come 明月幾時有 2017
Editor Two on the Road (Documentary) N/A 2016
Editor The Apology (Documentary) 等不到的道歉 2016
Editor The Swaying Waterlily 摇曳多姿的睡莲 2016
Editor A Young Patriot (Documentary) 少年. 小趙 2015
Editor Kapuscinski’s Africa (Documentary) N/A 2015
Editor Dot 2 Dot (Trailer) 點對點 2014
Editor Do Not Forget Me Istanbul (Trailer)  N/A 2011
Editor The Drunkard (Trailer) 酒徒 2010
Editor Majority (Trailer) Çogunluk 2010
Editor Judge N/A 2009
Editor Gitmek: My Marlon and Brando Gitmek: Benim Marlon ve Brandom 2008
Editor The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (Trailer) Les amours d’Astrée et de Céladon 2007
Editor Blind Mountain (Trailer) 盲山 2007
Editor Triple Agent (Trailer)  N/A 2004
Editor The Lady and the Duke (Trailer) L’anglaise et le duc 2001
Editor America So Beautiful (Trailer)  N/A 2001
Editor Autumn Tale (Trailer) Conte d’automne 1998
Editor A Summer’s Tale (Trailer) Conte d’été 1996
Editor Rendezvous in Paris Les rendez-vous de Paris 1995
Editor The Tree, The Mayor and the Mediatheque (Trailer) “L’arbre, le maire et la médiathèque 1993
Editor A Tale of Winter (Trailer) Conte d’hiver 1992
 N/A Justocoeur 1980
 N/A Ombres de soie 1978


Role Title (English) Title (other) Year
Editor Shanghai Strangers 非典情人 2012
Editor  N/A La proposition 2009
Editor  N/A Le canapé rouge 2005
Editor  N/A À la fenêtre 2003
Editor  N/A La cambrure 1999
Editor  N/A Un dentiste exemplaire 1998
Editor  N/A Des goûts et des couleurs 1998
Editor  N/A Heurts divers 1998
Editor  N/A Les amis de Ninon 1998
Editor France  N/A 1996
Editor  N/A Rosette vend des roses 1985
Editor  N/A Rosette prend sa douche 1984
Editor  N/A Rosette sort le soir 1983


Role Title (English) Title (other) Year
Associate producer
Flowing Stories N/A 2014
Editor A Young Patriot N/A 2014
Editor China Me N/A 2014
Editor N/A Chine, le nouvel empire (TV miniseries) 2013
Supervising editor N/A Fidaï 2012
Editor Datong: The Great Society N/A 2011
Editor P.O.V. – Last Train Home (TV series) N/A 2011
Editor N/A Christiane Desroches Noblecourt: une passion egyptienne 2009
Editor Last Train Home N/A 2009
Editor N/A Les herbes sauvages de Qingdao (TV movie) 2009
Editor 1428 N/A 2009
Editor Umbrella N/A 2007
In Transit, in Transition: Poem from South Africa N/A 1998
Vision from the Edge: Breyten Breytenbach Painting the Lines N/A 1998
In Transit, in Transition: A Poetic Encounter in Hong Kong N/A 1997

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QLD College of Art & Griffith Film School – Mary Stephen Film at BIFF

Senses of Cinema – Interview with Mary Stephen

The Works (RTHK) – Film Editor Mary Stephen in Hong Kong (Video)

Time Out Hong Kong – Reel life: Mary Stephen interview

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Festival del film Locarno – Mary Stephen

IMDB – Mary Stephen

Melbourne International Film Festival – MARY STEPHEN: EDITING MASTERCLASS