In this episode of Directing Magic; the filmmaking team Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner that brought us American Psycho joins Marquette to talk about their latest film collaboration as the writer and director of CHARLIE SAYS. They discuss their short hand as collaborators and how they were able to capture a pivotal moment in the film.
MARY HARRON – Director
Mary Harron started her career as a music journalist in the punk era and then worked in television in Britain, making documentaries and short films for the BBC and Channel Four. Her first film was I Shot Andy Warhol in 1996, followed by American Psycho in 2000, The Notorious Bettie Page in 2006, The Moth Diaries in 2011 and Charlie Says in 2018. She has also worked extensively in television, doing episodes of Six Feet Under, Big Love, the L Word and many other shows. Recently she directed all six episodes of the Netflix series Alias Grace, adapted by Sarah Polley from Margaret Atwood’s novel (2017). Mary’s next project is a film on the last years of Salvador Dali, written with her husband, writer/director John C. Walsh.
GUINEVERE TURNER – Writer
Guinevere Turner is a writer, director and actor who has been working in film and TV since her 1994 debut film GO FISH, which she wrote, produced and starred in. She teamed up with director Mary Harron to write the films AMERICAN PSYCHO, and THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE. She was a story editor on Showtime’s The L Word, and she played a recurring character om that show. She has written and directed seven short films, two of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her acting roles include parts in the WATERMELON WOMAN , CHASING AMY, AMERICAN PSYCHO, and TREASURE ISLAND. Her latest screenplay, CHARLIE SAYS, tells the story if the women who killed for Charles Manson as they serve out their first few years of their decades-long prison term. Guinevere has taught screenwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University and UCLA.