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THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

Director: MARIELLE HELLER

102 minutes, U.S.A., 2015, Colour, Digital


This film was released on Friday 7th August 2015 and is no longer screening. 

Right off the bat in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, we discover that 17-year-old Minnie, a fearless Bel Powley, has just had sex for the first time and with her mother’s boyfriend. Describing this aloud into the tape recorder she (perilously) keeps as a diary, she divulges her confusion before getting infuriated by her sister who’s listening at her bedroom door. Based on a graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, whose drawings feature in the film as animations beautifully rendered by artist Sara Gunnarsdottir, director Marielle Heller’s feature debut, set in the counter-culture of 1970s San Francisco, is a vivid, funny and provocative portrayal of female adolescence.

Besides Powley’s own breakout performance, the film also profits from impressive turns from Kirsten Wiig, as Minnie’s unreliable mother, and Alexander Skarsgård, who manages to convey a character that is as weak and unscrupulous as he is tragically charming. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

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