Thursday, November 25, 2010

Catherine Hardwicke Flashback #1

For the next four months I will be featuring Catherine Hardwicke's previous directorial films.

This month's movie: Thirteen (2003)
A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool, but troubled best friend.

Thirteen Trivia:
-The script was written oven a period of six days by Director Catherine Hardwicke and star Nikki Reed.
-The events in the film are loosely based on Nikki Reed's life.
- In the scene before the intervention, where Brady picks Tracy up after school, the car had quit working so it was being pushed by crew members off camera.
-Many of the clothes, furniture and make-up used in the film belonged to the actual cast.
Check out more trivia here.

Thirteen Reviews:
Roger Ebert writes: "Sets a technical problem that seems insoluble, and meets it brilliantly, finding convincing performances from its teenage stars. showing a parent who is clueless but not uncaring, and a world outside that bedroom window that has big bad wolves."

Owen Gleiberman writes: "With an authenticity that is tender and merciless, the movie shows you what it looks like when youth rebellion becomes a form of fascism."

Making of Thirteen:

Nominations & Awards for Thirteen:
Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actress (Nominee)- Holly Hunter
Golden Globes
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Nominee)- Evan Rachel Wood
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Nominee) - Holly Hunter
Independent Spirit Awards
Best First Feature (Nominee) 
Best First Screenplay (Nominee) - Catherine Hardwicke & Nikki Reed
Best Debut Performance (Winner) - Nikki Reed
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Nominee) - Evan Rachel Wood
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Nominee) - Holly Hunter
Sundance Film Festival
Directing Award- Dramatic (Winner) - Catherine Hardwicke
Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic (Nominee)
Check out all the nominations and wins here

Where Were They Then...?
Amanda Seyfried - Mean Girls (2004)
Gary Oldman - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Julie ChristieTroy, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Finding Neverland (2004)
Billy Burke - Gilmore Girls (2003 - 3 Episodes)
Virginia Madsen - Sideways (2004 - Oscar nomination)
Lukas Haas - Bookies (2003)

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