Gillian Armstrong's new documentary, Women He’s Undressed, is a change of pace for the director. It chronicles the life story of Orry-Kelly, the late Australian costume designer whose work both set the standard for, and epitomised, the glamour and spectacle of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Despite being Bette Davis’s longtime costumer, Cary Grant’s roommate and one of Australia’s most prolific Oscar winners, Orry-Kelly has been all but forgotten in film history. Here, Gillian talks about the process of unearthing Orry’s story and bringing it to the screen, four decades after he passed away.Read More
In August 2014, I interviewed Desiree Akhavan, who wrote, directed and starred in Appropriate Behavior, co-created the webseries The Slope and has a guest-starring role in season 4 of HBO's Girls. Purchase issue #5 of Filmme Fatales here to read the full interview.
It’s easy for us to talk about the absence of awesome female characters in film, to highlight the actresses who stand out from the pack and to celebrate the filmmakers who are getting their shit made. And it’s easy to talk about because we only receive the end product; we don’t have to live through the process of actually trying to make a difference and create something that subverts audience’s expectations of women in cinema, in comedy, in the world. June Diane Raphael is not like us; she is a writer and actress who really gets it and has experienced, first-hand, what it can take to get women’s stories on the screen.Read More