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Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Brit Marling

by Melissa Silverstein
July 19, 2011 2:30 AM
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Brit Marling is the co-writer and star of Another Earth which opens on Friday. I really liked the film. It has a totally different female lead -- an astrophysicist student. How cool. Aside from that it is a smart and different film that I found really engaging.

Marling is in the business of creating smart women onscreen and this smart off screen woman (she was the valedictorian at Georgetown!) also has some great things to say about women in Hollywood.

Here's what she said to the Newsbeast:

We’re all drinking from this cultural milk in which there are not many stories of strong, powerful, sexy, entitled women because there are not yet that many female writer-directors, but that’s changing...That confusion—that oh my God she writes!—is so strange. It’s funny. I just think there aren’t many representations of how to be a girl or woman in the world.

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But I think I’ll never stop writing now because I’m wondering why there aren’t more representatives of women that are like the women we know...Where’s the film with the women who are complicated and strong and beautiful and sexy and interesting and of all body types? You don’t get to see enough of them. So there’s something important in attempting to write them for myself and for the insanely talented women out there.

It would be great if she also thought about directing too.

Another Earth opens Friday and The Sound of My Voice (which she also co-wrote) is slated to open later this year.

Trailer for Another Earth.

Hollywood’s Anti-It Girl (The Daily Beast)

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