In this episode, we chat to two awards-nominated filmmakers about their very different female-focused films.
Anna’s first guest is Shannon Murphy, director of Girls On Film favourite, Babyteeth. This darkly comedic drama finds seriously ill teenager Milla (Eliza Scanlan) falling in love with drug dealer Moses (Toby Wallace). Shannon describes her initial reaction to the script, delves into the complex relationship between mother Anna (Essie Davis) and daughter Milla, and unpicks THAT dinner scene. She also celebrates her female Heads of Department, including production designer Sherree Phillips, costumer designer Amelia Gebler, and hair and makeup designer Angela Conte. Don’t miss out on an exclusive insight into Shannon’s work on the exciting TV adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s The Power.
Next, Anna dives into My Octopus Teacher with co-writer and co-director Pippa Ehrlich. This wildlife documentary follows diver Craig Foster as he forms an unlikely friendship with a female octopus. Pippa recalls first meeting Craig and explains why his octopus story resonated with her. They discuss some surprising animal encounters and how this story has an unexpected feminist angle. Keep listening for Pippa’s great advice for young filmmakers!