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Christine Vachon reveals the one movie to return profit for Killer

28 February 2017 11:39 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer of Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven and Happiness discussed her career at the Glasgow Film Festival.

In a wide-ranging In Conversation session at the Glasgow Film Festival, producer Christine Vachon revealed a surprising truth about Killer Films, the New York City-based company she set up in 1995 alongside Pamela Koffler: Still Alice is the first and only of their productions to return a net profit to the company.

Vachon had previously confirmed the same in her 2006 book A Killer Life: How An Independent Film Producer Survives Deals And Disasters In Hollywood And Beyond.

Even in the tough world of independent film, that admission raised eyebrows given Killer’s role in films including Boys Don’t Cry (1999), which won Hilary Swank the best actress Oscar, Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998), Mark Romanek’s One Hour Photo (2002) and Todd HaynesFar From Heaven (2002).

Vachon has subsequently produced a string of critical hits, including Haynes »

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The first trailer for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is here

9 January 2017 3:08 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

We’re due for a timely revisiting of a powerful vision of the future with Hulu’s big-budget TV series based on the 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The show stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, and features a cast which includes Alexis Bledel, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski and Max Minghella.

Margaret Atwood’s novel imagines a war-torn future in which part of a fractured United States of America is a theocractic Republic named Gilead. Human sterility is a casualty of war, and in Gilead the subjugation of women is pillar on which its dictatorship is borne.

A movie adaptation of Atwood’s disturbing story made its way to the cinemas in 1990 with Volker Schlöndorff’s adaptation starring Natasha Richardon and Faye Dunaway. The film has aged less well than the novel, though Harold Pinter’s screenplay keeps up the unease and increasing urgency extremely well. »

- Jon Lyus

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