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Lady Bird & Diaries in Rehearsal

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So we already know at this point that Lady Bird is the best-reviewed film of all time.

But as a quick recap, it is a film about Christine an ambitious, bright and awkward, teenager, finding her way in life – a coming of age story in it’s most classic form, with great performances from Sairose Ronan and directed by Greta Gerwig.

There’s a great deal written about the film already, but I was really struck by what an approachable and open person Greta came across as at a recent Q &A at Women in Film & TV (WFTV) at the Curzon Mayfair her understanding of the actor, story and the world she has brought us into is evident from the onset. 

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Lady Bird Zam Naqvi

Greta recalled how as a teenager growing up she was asked to keep her diaries a secret so no one could see them, she immediately points out how it’s interesting that when a young boys keep diaries it is seen as a sign for them wanting to write instead.  Regardless,  some of these valuable diary extracts were provided to Sairose as part of her research and development into Christine’s character.

There were plenty of anecdotes about how the whole crew dressed up for the filming of the prom scenes, there seems to be have been an atmosphere of support, fun and hard work on the set.

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Sairose Ronan and Greta Gerwig discussing the rehearsal process for Ladybird

It’s her honest observations that make this semi-autobiographical film so engrossing and relatable. 

The film, which has been burning up the box office on limited release, also got nominations for best motion picture (comedy or musical), best screenplay and best actress, for Saoirse Ronan, who is captivating as the young Christine.

In terms of getting the film financed she gave this account recently to The New York Times.

“Most of the potential funders she met with were men, of course — that’s not the interesting thing. It’s men, for the most part, who have the power and money to finance films. “What I typically found,” she said, “was that if they had daughters or had been raised with sisters, they understood what it was, and if they didn’t, they kind of couldn’t believe that women actually fought like that, which was an interesting window into why some stories can’t get told. People don’t understand that they’re even a story to tell.”

Hopefully, the success of female-led films from the goliath that Wonder Woman became, to this Indie venture is further cementing the place of women in film and this is how the US box office shows to date, with a wider international release pending in January.

The film was not nominated for Directing at the Golden Globes but still won for Best Actress and Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture when up against Get Out, The Disaster Artist, I Tonya, and The Greatest Showman. 

Clearly, the film will continue to go from strength to strength.

 Budget:$10,000,000

Lady Bird Box Office

 

Domestic Total as of Dec. 19, 2017:$26,694,438
Distributor: A24 Release Date: November 3, 2017
Genre: Comedy / Drama Runtime: 1 hrs. 33 min.
MPAA Rating: R Production Budget: N/A

 

The UK release for Lady Bird is scheduled for 16th February. 

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