Artist Projects

So That I May Come Back


Lee Anne Schmitt

So That I May Come Back is a non-traditional documentary based on the case of Mary Bell, who was eleven years old when she was convicted of killing two small boys, Martin Brown (age four) and Brian Howe (age three). Shot in standard 16mm, the film’s images will be a series of landscape tableaus drawn directly from the Mary Bell case and from artist-led workshops around personal experiences of female shame and rage, using trial transcripts and evidence as their source. The film’s title comes from graffiti Mary Bell wrote a few months after she killed her first victim: “I do this now so that I may come back.”