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.