Video Q&A: Bel Powley & Marielle Heller On ‘THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL’, What Makes One An Adult


10991469_1493887217571092_3064610681209393908_oPreston Barta // Features Editor

Director: Marielle Heller
Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni

Bel Powley, the star of THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, and the film's director, Marielle Heller. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times.

Bel Powley, the star of THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, and the film’s director, Marielle Heller. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times.

Let’s face it, when it comes to sex in film, we often find ourselves quite uncomfortable in the theater. But, of course, that depends on the movie and how it’s used. For Marielle Heller’s THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, it may not be the easiest watch but it’s not the most difficult movie to appreciate.

Admittedly, the plot may not sound like an easy sell, but trust me, it’s a film worth experiencing. The film follows a 15-year-old named Minnie (Bel Powley) who begins a drug-addled affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) 35-year-old boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård).

“Ew” might be your first reaction, but this is exactly the kind of innovative storytelling that the cinema world needs right now. From our interview with screenwriter-director Marielle Heller and the film’s star, Bel Powley (A ROYAL NIGHT OUT), you can see just how much passion and conviction they both had for the material – which is based on the graphic novel written by Phoebe Gloeckner – and it really shows on screen as well. The ferocity of the film’s performances and Heller’s relentlessness will leave you absolutely pulverized. But let’s save all our other kind words for when the film opens.

For now, you can view our interview with Powley and Heller, where we discuss the film’s theme of sex, what makes one an adult, and the 70’s style and music.

0:23-1:20 – the soundtrack / use of Dwight Twilley Band’s “Looking for the Magic” (1977)
1:20-2:50 – movies that makes uncomfortable but appreciate
2:50-4:15 – movies that taught us about sex and our sexual awakening
4:15-5:44 – moment you realize you’re an adult
5:44-7:20 – 70s film aspect
7:20-8:24 – if someone made a movie about their lives and what they would cut from it

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL opens in NY and LA this weekend, and will expand over the weeks. It opens in Dallas on August 21st.

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Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.