Stephen, Mary (雪美蓮)

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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:

RoleTitle (English)Title (other)Year
EditorLove After Love第一爐香2021
EditorThe Way We Keep Dancing狂舞派32020
EditorThe Lady Improper非分熟女2019
EditorNapping Kid逆向誘拐2018
EditorOur Time Will Come明月幾時有2017
EditorTwo on the Road (Documentary)N/A2016
EditorThe Swaying Waterlily摇曳多姿的睡莲2016
EditorDot 2 Dot (Trailer)點對點2014
EditorDo Not Forget Me Istanbul (Trailer) N/A2011
EditorThe Drunkard (Trailer)酒徒2010
EditorMajority (Trailer)Çogunluk2010
EditorGitmek: My Marlon and BrandoGitmek: Benim Marlon ve Brandom2008
EditorThe Romance of Astrea and Celadon (Trailer)Les amours d’Astrée et de Céladon2007
EditorBlind Mountain (Trailer)盲山2007
EditorTriple Agent (Trailer) N/A2004
EditorThe Lady and the Duke (Trailer)L’anglaise et le duc2001
EditorAmerica So Beautiful (Trailer) N/A2001
EditorAutumn Tale (Trailer)Conte d’automne1998
EditorA Summer’s Tale (Trailer)Conte d’été1996
EditorRendezvous in ParisLes rendez-vous de Paris1995
EditorThe Tree, The Mayor and the Mediatheque (Trailer)“L’arbre, le maire et la médiathèque1993
EditorA Tale of Winter (Trailer)Conte d’hiver1992
 N/AOmbres de soie1978


RoleTitle (English)Title (other)Year
Editor“The Headmaster” in “Septet, the Story of Hong Kong” (Short)N/A2020
Director, EditorThe Memory of Water or Jeanne Moreau and Steamed Fish (Short) (Trailer)2018
EditorShanghai Strangers非典情人2012
Editor N/ALa proposition2009
Editor N/ALe canapé rouge2005
Editor N/AÀ la fenêtre2003
Editor N/ALa cambrure1999
Editor N/AUn dentiste exemplaire1998
Editor N/ADes goûts et des couleurs1998
Editor N/AHeurts divers1998
Editor N/ALes amis de Ninon1998
EditorFrance N/A1996
Editor N/ARosette vend des roses1985
Editor N/ARosette prend sa douche1984
Editor N/ARosette sort le soir1983


RoleTitle (English)Title (other)Year
EditorNude at HeartCoeurs à nus2021
EditorBuddha in AfricaN/A2019
EditorThe ApologyN/A2016
EditorKapuscinski’s AfricaL’Afrique vue par Ryszard Kapuscinski2015
EditorA Young Patriot (Documentary)少年. 小趙2015
Associate producer
Flowing StoriesN/A2014
EditorA Young PatriotN/A2014
EditorChina MeN/A2014
EditorChina the New EmpireChine, le nouvel empire (TV miniseries)2013
Supervising editorN/AFidaï2012
EditorDatong: The Great SocietyN/A2011
EditorN/AChristiane Desroches Noblecourt: une passion egyptienne2009
EditorLast Train HomeN/A2009
EditorWild Grass of QingdaoLes herbes sauvages de Qingdao 2009
EditorReturn to the BorderN/A2005
In Transit, in Transition: Poem from South AfricaN/A1998
Vision from the Edge: Breyten Breytenbach Painting the LinesN/A1998
In Transit, in Transition: A Poetic Encounter in Hong KongN/A1997


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

Senses of Cinema – Interview with Mary Stephen

Metrograph – Interview with Mary Stephen

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

Festival del film Locarno – Mary Stephen

IMDB – Mary Stephen

Melbourne International Film Festival – MARY STEPHEN: EDITING MASTERCLASS

Interview with Su Friedrich – The Collaborative Editor

IFFR 25 Encounters: Olivier Assayas and Mary Stephen:

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