Female Friendship/US Indie: Women Talking

David Martin-Jones

in Scotland: Global Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780748633913
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651207 | DOI:
Female Friendship/US Indie: Women Talking

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This chapter discusses the confluence of the U.S. independent (indie) model of filmmaking — previously seen in Shallow Grave (1994) and Trainspotting (1996) — with two films made and set in Scotland with female protagonists: Women Talking Dirty (1999) and Beautiful Creatures (2000). The chapter begins with introductions to films previously made in Scotland that feature female protagonists (of which there has been a flurry in the 1990s/2000s) and the influence of indie filmmaking in the United States on contemporary cinema in Scotland. It then examines the two films to illustrate the convergence of these two styles. Both are typical of the female friendship film in their exploration of the possibilities offered by female friendship in a constructed space that intersects with, but also enables, the exploration and challenge of the norms and conventions of patriarchy. In both instances, the manner in which Scotland is deployed as a film set (albeit slightly differently in each case), is integral to the construction of this ‘unconventional’ space in which to explore female friendship and changing female identities.

Keywords: Scotland; Women Talking Dirty; Beautiful Creatures; indie filmmaking; cinema; female friendship; female identities; patriarchy; United States; female protagonists

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Subjects: Film

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