Screenwriter Guinevere Turner has won awards for The Notorious Bettie Page and worked on mainstream films like American Psycho and BloodRayne. We got the skinny on her new projects.
You've worked with many of the same people repeatedly, like Mary Harron, Christine Vachon and Rose Troche. Can you tell me about the bonds you have?
Obviously, my bond with Rose was what got me into Go Fish and that was the way I met Christine, and through Christine I met Mary. I'm lucky enough now, in L.A., to have a large support system of women filmmakers. We all work on each other's films and read each other's scripts, so there's even more relationships developing.
I was surprised a bigger rumor wasn't started after Kristanna Loken, the star of BloodRayne--a film you wrote--came out as bi after the film wrapped.
Did you expect a bigger rumor because she was gay?
She came out after working on a picture you wrote and maybe you two ...
God, I wish! You're always invited to go but I hate being on sets as a writer. I just hate being on sets if I don't have anything to do. I should have been on that set. Romania sounded lonely to me, only now I realize I could have been making out with Kristanna Loken. At the time I didn't know about her "gayness."
Is bringing fringe issues into the mainstream a goal of your work?
It's not only what I'm drawn to but also what is drawn to me. American Psycho wasn't my idea. It was a book, and then Mary Harron brought it to me and said, "Do you want to write this together?" The same thing happened with Bettie Page. Someone brought it to us. What interests me is the stuff in the margins, and all the different ways that those things manifest themselves: as gay or serial killers or as bondage queens. The Bettie Page thing is special to me. The thing that really underlies that is feminism and I know that's sort of antiquated and old school but really, how people fetishize her, the iconic look of her, and who she was are such different things. What she did--all the bondage stuff and nude posing--and what she was--a religious and kind of proper girl--and how she reconciled those two things, that's what fascinated me about [her].
You've directed three shorts. Tell me about your plans for the fourth.
With the fourth short that I am making, I tried to challenge myself. So the next film I'm doing [One Week Later] there's one actor and she's dead and the only dialogue is the messages people are leaving her as she lies dead in her apartment. So it's one location, one actor ... to show all the ways that life is going on around her, because you realize she died ... suddenly and in the middle of her life.
What's the down low on POWER UP? Have you been involved with them for long?
They've helped me out with my films. They helped me get insurance when I did one of my shorts and they're part of the whole L.A., indie film, lesbian community that I'm a part of.
Their first film is in theaters, Itty Bitty Titty Committe.
I haven't seen it yet, but ... I feel like we need a fresh, spunky little dyke movie. It's been a while.
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