Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) is a sixteen-year-old extrovert from the outskirts of Wolverhampton with raging hormones and gigantic dreams. Even though she loves her big, boisterous, dysfunctional family, Johanna knows with absolute certainty that there is something bigger and better for her out in the world. And when she finds it, only then will she start "being me." But quite what "me" is hasn't been invented yet.
With her inimitable wit and bottomless imagination, writing is surely her ticket to a brand-new self. After a couple of false starts, Johanna wins a job at top music magazine, D&ME and reinvents herself as revered and feared music critic -- Dolly Wilde, the enfant terrible. As she slaughters her way to greater and greater success, the lines between Johanna Morrigan and Dolly Wilde begin to haze. Can she curate her success and hold onto her family, her heroes and her heart? And once you've built your girl, is it possible to tear her down and start again?
Coky Giedroyc and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film How To Build a Girl and friendship, loyalty and family, discovery and how life unfolds in front of us in a real, messy and wonderful way and the uncertain personal journeys we all seem to take.
About the director:
Coky Giedroyc is a British, critically acclaimed director most recently celebrated for her work on Harlots, written by Moira Buffini for Monumental Television and Hulu. In 2016, she was awarded a BAFTA for best director of The Sound Of Music Live starring Kara Tointon and Alexander Armstrong. Giedroyc set up the award-winning drama The Hour written by Abi Morgan and starring Dominic West, Ben Wishaw and Romola Garai for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy. She was nominated for both an International Emmy and a BAFTA for the BBC Drama The Virgin Queen, starring Anne Marie Duff and Tom Hardy. Her work in the U.S. has included The Killing; Penny Dreadful with Eva Green and Rory Kinnear; Broad Squad, a pilot for ABC; and Veena Sud’s series Seven Seconds and Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup. She also served for four years on the board of directors U.K. and is a mentor to young female filmmakers starting out in the industry.
Image: Coky Giedroyc and Film 4 and Tango Entertainment. Used with permission.
F2F Music: David Peck and Face2Face.
For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.
With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.
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