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Director Martin McDonagh defends female leads in movies

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:23

After focusing on male protagonists in his previous films, the British-Irish director Martin McDonagh chose a woman to lead his new movie. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. After focusing on male protagonists in his previous films, the British-Irish director Martin McDonagh chose a woman to lead this story because "if you have a strong female character your room for manoeuvre, for surprises, is much greater than having a guy". Strong female parts allows you "to go to dark and dangerous places that an audience hasn't seen ... and that's exciting as a writer, to not know what the character's going to do next". Actress Frances McDormand stars as Mildred Hayes, a woman who uses three billboards to publicly scold the local chief of police for failing to find the rapist and murderer of her teenage daughter and letting the case grow cold without a lead. The drama, melancholic but interspersed with some funny dialogue, is one of 21 U.S. and international movies vying for the Golden Lion which will be awarded on Sept. 9.

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Director Martin McDonagh defends female leads in movies

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:23