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Toronto -- Taking a step back from acting, Molly Parker is to direct her first feature in Canada.Parker ("Swingtown," "Deadwood") is to shoot "The Ballad of Maura MacKenzie" in Newfoundland and Toronto in late summer 2011 for indie producers Markham Street Films and Rock Island Productions.The drama is based on the Joan Clark novel "An Audience of Chairs," which portrays the struggles of woman alone in a Cape Breton farmhouse, battling mental illness while grieving the loss of her two daughters.The script was written by Rock Island's Rosemary House.No word on casting.Parker is lending her star wattage to two pictures at this week's Toronto International Film Festival, "Trigger" and "Oliver Sherman."Parker's breakout acting role was in Toronto in 1996 with Lynne Stopkewich's "Kissed," where she played a young woman whose fixation with death led her to acts of necrophilia in a mortuary.– The Hollywood Reporter »
Toronto -- Taking a step back from acting, Molly Parker is to direct her first feature in Canada.
The drama is based on the Joan Clark novel "An Audience of Chairs," which portrays the struggles of woman alone in a Cape Breton farmhouse, battling mental illness while grieving the loss of her two daughters.
The script was written by Rock Island's Rosemary House.
No word on casting.
- By Etan Vlessing
At the first look, it's very easy to loathe Lynne Stopkewich's Kissed. In fact, the production value is a little bit questionable and the execution slightly lacks energy. However, Kissed's technical flaws can be overlooked in the long run because of its script's depth.
Ever since she was young, Sandra Larson (Natasha Morley) has tried to understand what death is. As time goes by, her romantic ideals about death grow into necrophilia. Now that Sandra (Molly Parker) is an adult, she decides to study embalming for the pleasure of being around dead bodies of men. Then enters Matt (Peter Outerbridge), a medicine student who is her first love ever and also a person with whom she's opened about her necrophilia. However, Matt's growing obsession for Sandra eventually makes him see that he can never be loved by her as much as dead men.
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In the mid-'70s, when women (among them Claudia Weill, Joan Micklin Silver, Joan Darling) were getting the chance to direct mainstream movies, Pauline Kael cautioned against expecting great things right away. Filmmakers needed a chance to learn and develop, she said, and there was always a chance they might not, or might simply become proficient hacks. It didn't matter, she was quoted as saying, whether there was a king or a queen on top of the garbage heap.
Daphne Merkin's profile of Nancy Meyers in the New York Times Magazine a few weeks back was an attempt to claim that a Garbage Queen was a step forward. The trouble with the piece, as with almost every plight-of-women-in-film article, is that the relentless focus on Hollywood winds up saying that the women directors working outside the mainstream don't exist.
The institutional sexism that still cripples Hollywood is appalling. When Mira Nair »
- Charles Taylor
4 items from 2010
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