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Alicia Duffy: A film of one's own

16 May 2010 1:35 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

She's one of the few women competing at Cannes this year – and with her first feature. Alicia Duffy tells Maddy Costa about her lucky breaks, on-set rows and why Virginia Woolf is an inspiration

Here's a familiar story: a female director, with a clutch of prize-winning short films to her name, has her first feature selected for screening at Cannes. It happened to Lynne Ramsay, whose debut Ratcatcher was shown in 1999, three years after she won the Jury prize for her short Small Deaths. It happened to Andrea Arnold, who won the Jury prize for Red Road, and again in 2009 for Fish Tank. Now it's the turn of Alicia Duffy, whose debut feature, All Good Children, has been selected for the Director's Fortnight.

Like Arnold, who was an actor and TV presenter before switching to directing in her 30s, Duffy, now 38, was a latecomer to cinema. She tried everything from opera singing to advanced maths, »

- Maddy Costa

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Cannes Directors' Fortnight spotlights new blood

22 April 2010 8:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lineup for the Cannes film festival sidebar, which will this year open and close with French movies, includes 11 features from first-time directors

French movies will bookend the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes film festival, which this year sees 22 features from as far afield as Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan. In contrast to 2009, when Francis Ford Coppola opened proceedings at the sidebar with his self-financed picture Tetro, half of this year's lineup will be from first-time directors.

Renaud Barret and Florent de la Tullaye's documentary Benda Bilili!, about an orchestra made up entirely of disabled people, will open the sidebar, while the closing night film will be Fabienne Berthaud's Lily Sometimes, starring Diane Kruger and Ludivine Sagnier as sisters dealing with the sudden death of their mother.

Flying the flag for Britain are Alicia Duffy's feature debut All Good Children, a psychological drama about two Irish kids coping with their mother's suicide in France, »

- Ben Child

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