Diary of a Teenage Girl – Interview w/ Writer/Director Marielle Heller & Actress Bel Powley

The Diary of a Teenage Girl opens at both the Plano and Dallas Angelika Film Centers and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth today.  Click through for my interview with Writer/Director Marielle Heller & Lead Actress Bel Powley.

Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL is based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel of the same name, hailed by Salon as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.” Writer/Director Marielle Heller unlocks this diary with a richly comedic and deeply personal vision. In her feature film directorial debut, Heller brings Gloeckner’s book to life with fearless performances, a stirring score, inventive graphic novel-like animation sequences, imagination, humor and heart. It is a coming of age story that is as poignant as it is unsettling.

From The Diary of a Teenage Girl website.

Marielle Heller and Bel Powley visited Dallas on July 31st to discuss their dynamic and honest film.  In my interview, I touch upon Marielle’s long association with the book and her being able to bring it home to San Francisco to film.  We also discussed how her own family has played a pivotal role in working on the film and helping make her feature film directorial debut a unique and special occasion.  Bel got to talk about playing such a vibrant and strong-willed teen girl in a film industry where the portrayal of women’s sexuality is usually glossed over or minimized.  I hope you’ll enjoy my chat with these two talented and lovely women.


For more information on this wonderful film go, here.

And for you Angelika Film Center fans you can find ticket information here (Dallas), and here (Plano).

For ticket and info for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth/Magnolia at the Modern screenings please go, here.

A Diary of a Teenage Girl Poster    Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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