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Up-and-coming director Mj Delaney takes a raunchy but realistic peep behind the door where no man can venture

Getting the female perspective across in mainstream cinema has been a long slog. It is still unusual to find a young woman behind the camera as well as in front of it. But, at 27, director Mj Delaney has now put the unvarnished truth on screen. Her new film, Powder Room, which stars Sheridan Smith and Jaime Winstone in an adaptation of a play by Rachel Hirons, expresses an unapologetic disregard for the meek, self-effacing heroines that commonly earn screen time.

Yet this was not what drew her to the story. "I just thought it was funny, honest and truthful, as well as refreshingly realistic and grimy," she told the Observer this weekend.

The idea that the plot, which revolves around the ladies' loo in a nightclub, might alienate male cinema-goers did not occur to her. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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