Jessie Buckley believes new Women Talking movie is a ‘conversation starter’

Irish actress Jessie Buckley hopes her upcoming film, about a group of women in a religious colony struggling with their faith after a series of sexual assaults, will inspire debate.

he is an American television series titled Women Talking, starring Buckley alongside Claire Foy, Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand, written and directed by Sarah Polley.

Based on the novel by Miriam Toews, the film will show a group of women debating whether to stay in their remote Mennonite community and forgive their attacker or leave.


Claire Foy, directors Sarah Polley, Ben Whishaw and Jessie Buckley attend Women Talking during the BFI London Film Festival (Yui Mok/PA)

Arriving at the film’s UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Buckley, 32, told the PA news agency: “I don’t think it’s gender-specific, it’s not just for women, I hope it’s not just for women.

“I think this is a conversation starter and something that can be debated and rethought 10 years from now.

“I definitely feel like in the few festivals we’ve attended that this is just the beginning and really what this movie is about is really what it’s about after it’s over and what’s going on. That’s really interesting.”

Speaking of working with the cast, which includes Rooney Mara and Judith Ivey, the award-winning actress Olivier Buckley added: “It was great, it was amazing.

“We were very lucky, there wasn’t a bad egg, and when you deal with this material, we just laugh.

“We’ll go back to our room and soak and drink and have fun.”


Claire Foy attends the premiere of Women Talking (Yui Mok/PA)

Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of The Crown, said that working on the series was “magic” and in particular she praised the writer’s turn to direct Polley.

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She told PA: “I think I sent it and it was at the peak of the lockdown and I met Sarah on zoom and she is a really unique person in the sense that she is incredibly generous and outgoing. Open, honest and willing to learn.

“I think a lot of directors are the exact opposite of that, telling you what they want, telling you what they need, trying and forcing their opinion on you and she absolutely doesn’t. so.

“Even that casting process is what she did, she was really thinking about who she was going to put in her movie, what she wanted the story to be, I just really believed it. thought of her and it was done on set.

“Everybody in that movie, the least important part of it was themselves and I think that was how Sarah felt about filming, she wanted to get out of it and I just knew that she really was. someone special to be around.”

Likewise Whishaw, who played Q in the James Bond films, said he “loved” Polley and attributed her screenplay to his involvement in the project.

“It was really emotional and I felt like I had never read anything like it before,” he told PA.

“It was challenging, beautiful and important, it was really clear from the minute I put it down that I wanted to do it.

“Although it is set in this rather closed religious community, it is about being a woman, about freedom and about integrity, many of which we are still challenged in today’s world. now, worldwide.

“Given what the film is about and the kind of change that I feel the film is encouraging us to hope, men have to be part of that discussion… it can’t just be women and I don’t think it will be like that. . “

Women Talking will be released in the UK on February 10. Jessie Buckley believes new Women Talking movie is a ‘conversation starter’

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