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Madeline's Madeline (15) + ScreenTalk with director Josephine Decker and DOP Ashley Connor

Lead actress Helena Howard in an animal hat, smiling in front of soft pink lighting.

Josephine Decker's third feature brings together independent cinema's strongest female presences.

Writer-director Josephine Decker (Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Butter on the Latch) returns with this mysterious drama following lonely young girl Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) as she participates in a theatre project. The work slowly begins to shift form as Madeline sinks deeper into her performance.

Featuring a stand out performance from Howard and riveting support from Miranda July and Molly Parker, Decker’s latest is an emotionally bracing experiment - vivid, dream-like, unpredictable and utterly captivating.

Following the screening, we’re delighted to have writer/director Josephine Decker join us in conversation, alongside Director of Photography Ashley Connor,  with journalist Beth Webb.

In association with Bechdel Test Fest, with special thanks to MUBI. 

US 2018 Dir Josephine Decker 93 mins

Josephine Decker has been said to be ushering in a “new grammar of narrative” by The New Yorker. Her feature Madeline’s Madeline World Premiered at Sundance 2018 where it was called a “mind-scrambling masterpiece” by Indiewire and was nominated for Best Picture at IFP’s Gotham Awards and for two Independent Spirit Awards. Josephine premiered her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014 to similarly rave reviews. Josephine is completing her fourth narrative feature Shirley, starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg, and recently directed an episode of HBO’s Room 104.

Ashley Connor is a New York based director of photography. Her work on Josephine Decker's Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mils and Lovely prompted New Yorker critic Richard Brody to name her, alongside Darius Khonji and Fabrice Aragno, as one of the year's best cinematographers. Her breadth of style can be seen in work as diverse as Dustin Guy Defa's Person to Person (Sundance '17) and Adam Leon's Tramps (TIFF '16), as well as in popular music videos for artists including Jenny Lewis, Angel Olsen and Maggie Rogers. She had two films premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline and Desiree Akhavan’s Grand Jury Prize winning The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Most recently she shot two pilots for A24/Hulu and has three more films coming out in 2018: Olivia Newman’s First Match (SXSW 2018 Audience Award Winner, Netflix produced), Alex O Eaton’s Mountain Rest and an Untitled Daniel Scheinert film. 

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