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Andrea Arnold and Patty Jenkins Have New Female-Driven Films in the Works

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 8, 2014 at 1:34PM

This Summer, master British filmmaker Andrea Arnold will shoot her first film set in the United States. Entitled "American Honey," the film will be introduced by Protagonist Pictures to buyers at the Cannes market this month. Meanwhile, "Monster" director Patty Jenkins has finally landed her followup project.
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Andrea Arnold
Andrea Arnold

It's about time. This Summer, master British filmmaker Andrea Arnold will shoot her first film set in the United States. Entitled "American Honey," the film will be introduced by Protagonist Pictures to buyers at the Cannes market starting next week. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Croisette, Arnold will head the Critics' Week jury. Here's that lineup.

Produced by Parts & Labor ("Beginners" and this year's buzzy "Love Is Strange"), Pulse Films and Man Down Pictures, this is a road movie that turns on a teenage runaway who falls into law-breaking, partying and romance while peddling magazine subscriptions in the United States. Arnold developed "American Honey" with Film4.

She won an Oscar in 2003 for her short "Wasp." Her critically acclaimed debut "Red Road" (2006) won the Jury Prize at Cannes, as did her brilliant followup "Fish Tank" (2009), a working-class portrait of a young girl that, while British-based, shares thematic similarities with "American Honey." In 2011, her experimental Emily Bronte adaptation "Wuthering Heights" polarized critics after premiering in competition at Venice.

Patty Jenkins
Patty Jenkins

Meanwhile, Patty Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar in "Monster" (2003), has finally landed a new, perhaps more lighthearted followup. Her next film will be "Sweetheart," an action movie adapted from a Black Listed script by "Chronicle 2" scribe Jack Stanley. It revolves around a female assassin whose attempts to retire from the biz land her right back where she started. 

Producers are Michael Costigan and Jewerl Ross. Jenkins, who hasn't made a feature since "Monster" but has directed TV including "Arrested Development" and "The Killing," is currently looking at actresses for the role. She was in talks to direct "Thor 2" before Marvel dropped the ball, ticking off star Natalie Portman.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.