8 July: Callie Khouri

 

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Ahead of our Thelma & Louise 25th anniversary event this Tue, we’re hailing the legend who penned our most crucial feminist text in modern cinema history. Khouri is the Oscar-winning screen writer for Thelma & Louise who went on to direct other famed female-led favourites including Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and TV series Nashville.

Working alongside Director Ridley Scott, Khouri was known as ‘the third woman’ of Thelma & Louise who insisted Scott kept to the script including a successful fight for the film’s infamous finale.

In a fascinating interview with Syd Field, Khouri reveals how she developed Thelma and Louise’s characters by mining the misogynistic experiences that she (and most women) have had to deal with: ‘This old guy in a car starts talking to me. He’s old enough to be my grandfather. I’m ignoring him, which is what you’re supposed to do in that situation; you know, I can’t hear you, I can’t see you, you can say whatever you want, I’m not a human being. Then he said, ‘I’d like to see you suck my dick,” and I just lost it for a second I pulled my sunglasses off and I walked over to the car and said, ‘and I’d like to shoot you in the fucking face.’ Dark.

Read Callie Khouri’s full interview here and find out even more at our 25th anniversary event at the Prince Charles Cinema Tue July 12! BOOK NOW

 

 

 

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