The director wanted to convey to the audience that the songs that Gurrumul sang were from an ancient tradition, some estimated to be 10,000 years old. Essentially it’s a film about reconciliation. – Jackie Keast, IF. More:
Two Mad Max scripts have been written as backstories to both Furiosa’s character and Max’s character. But legal battles now cast doubt over the fifth and sixth installments of the series. – Jennifer Garner, Vanity Fair. More:
Only 3% of 2018 film releases by the six major Hollywood studios are directed by women – the lowest percentage in five years. Amy Adrion’s crowd-funded documentary “Half the Picture” examines gender-based discrimination and hiring practices in Hollywood. It features Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time), Lena Dunham (Girls), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves) and Jill Soloway. – Brandy McDonnell, AWFJ. More:
Madeline Miller’s retelling of classical myth in her novel, Circe, draws praise from classicist Emily Wilson. “What she’s doing is partly about gender, but it’s also addressing a bigger question about power, and the abuse of power.” – Alexandra Alter, NYT. More:
What I love about this beautiful script (apart from the insanely brilliant Noomi Rapace) is that it’s about intuition. We all know what it’s like to know something deep in our bones and yet fall into the trap of doubting ourselves; and that questioning can drive us crazy. – Director Kim Farrant in Variety.
War veterans are finding that ancient epics give them the language to cope. Homer-for-veterans is the brainchild of Dartmouth College classics professor Roberta Stewart. Toxic combat experiences narrated in Homer’s Iliad (800 B.C.E.) appear similar to those reported by current military veterans with severe, chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More:
As in a dream, characters exist within the minds of storytellers and their audiences. This is expressed in the quote of Campbell’s on Superman’s suit, “… where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence….” More: