Girls On Film

Ep 116: Ruth Wilson & Harry Wootliff on True Things + Murina + Film criticism in the era of #MeToo

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Actor-producer Ruth Wilson speaks out about sex scenes, complex female characters and working with women in an exclusive interview for her new film True Things. Writer-director Harry Wootliff joins her and Anna for a lively, in-depth chat about the sensual drama, co starring Tom Burke as an ex convict who has an ambiguous relationship with Wilson’s Kate. They talk about the source novel and building a character who felt fresh, new, contradictory and relatable - and about communicating the heart-stopping excitement and uncertainties of a new sexual connection. Ruth discusses the discomfort that can arise from intimate scenes, and praises working with Harry and an intimacy co-ordinator on True Things. Next up, British critic Wendy Lloyd reveals the results of her extensive research into criticism in the age of #MeToo #BLM and #TimesUp. Having spoken to many critics in power, she discusses uncovering complex reactions to diversity in film reviewing - and how films such as Promising Young Woman and Red Sparrow presented a challenge to writers. Finally, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic joins Anna to describe the gender dynamics in Croatian culture that inspired her coming of age film Murina. She also shares how Martin Scorsese worked with her as Executive Producer, and hints at details of her next film set in New York. True Things is in UK cinemas now and Murina is in UK cinemas from April 8th 2022. Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: Follow us on socials: Girls On Film is an HLA production. Host: Anna Smith. Executive Producer: Hedda Archbold. Principal Partners: Vanessa Smith and Peter Brewer. Audio Producer: Emma Butt. Assistant Producer: Shanaiya Pithiya. House band: MX Tyrants.