Actress Jessie Buckley hopes her upcoming film, about a group of women in a religious colony who struggle with their faith after a series of sexual assaults, will spark debate.
The American drama titled women speakwhich stars Buckley alongside Claire Foy, Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand was written and directed by Sarah Polley.
Based on the novel by Miriam Toews, the film features the group of women debating whether to stay in their remote Mennonite community and forgive their attackers or leave.
Speaking at the film’s UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Buckley, 32, said: “I don’t think it’s gendered, it’s not just for women, I hope it’s not just for women.
“I think this is a conversation starter and something to revisit and revisit in 10 years.
“I definitely feel like from the few festivals we’ve been to, this is just the beginning, and what this film is really about is what it’s really about after it ends, and that’s really exciting. “
Speaking of working with the cast, which also included Rooney Mara and Judith Ivey, Olivier Award-winning actress Buckley added, “It was amazing, it was amazing.
“We were so lucky there wasn’t a single bad egg and when you’re dealing with that kind of material we just laughed.
“We came back to the room and chatted and drank wine and had fun.”
Foy, who starred in the first two seasons of Queen Elizabeth II The crownsaid working on the film was “magical” and particularly praised the writer-turned-director, Polley.
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She said: “I think I got it sent and it was at the height of lockdown and I met Sarah on Zoom and she’s a really unique person in the sense that she’s incredibly generous and open and honest and willing to learn.
“I think a lot of directors are the complete opposite of that, tell you what they want, tell you what they need, try to impose their opinions on you, and she wasn’t like that at all.
“Even the casting process that she did she really thought about who she was putting in her film, what she wanted out of the story, I just really trusted her and that meant being on the set.
“Everyone in this film was the least important part of it and I think that’s how Sarah feels about filming, she wants to avoid that and I just knew she was a really special person.”
Similarly, Whishaw, who plays Q in the James Bond films, said he “admired” Polley and credited her script to his involvement in the project.
“It was just incredibly moving and I felt like I had never read anything like it,” he said.
“It was challenging and beautiful and important, it was really very obvious from the minute I put it down that I wanted to do it.
“Even though it’s set in this fairly closed religious community, it talks about womanhood, about freedom and integrity, many things that still challenge us around the world today.
“Given what the film is about and the kind of change that I think the film is encouraging us towards, men need to be a part of this discussion … it can’t just be for women and I don’t think it will be.” .”
women speak will be released in the UK and Ireland on February 10th.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/jessie-buckley-says-new-film-women-talking-is-a-conversation-starter-42062623.html Jessie Buckley says new movie Women Talking is a ‘conversation starter’