The Biography Bulge: Women of Interest in TV and Film

After having just seen Joan Allen as Georgia O’Keefe in Lifetime Channel’s Red Carpet Event of the same name, it occurred to me that we, as media participants, are in the midst of several films that highlight the success of women.


The Lifetime version I actually sought out–having seen it advertised about town and television–and was a bit disappointed by the significant amount of time spent on the O’Keefe/Alfred Stieglitz relationship in the TV drama. I know of his presence and impact on her work and life–it was overwhelming–but I was really looking to delve further into the mind of this magnificent painter and the story of her artistry.

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Another biopic that I am intrigued by is director Anne Fontaine’s Coco Avant Chanel, a film about the life of Gabriel ‘Coco’ Chanel before she becomes the world renowned courtier. In the preview, Coco Chanel, played by Audrey Tatou of Amelie fame, ascends to the height of French culture from her orphan beginnings. She seems a fascinating woman.

After my recent viewing of Georgia O’Keefe, and the relationship-heavy Chanel preview (the film premieres in New York this weekend), I wonder again how much the drama of life is dependent upon the drama of its relationships–and how much this film would focus not on Chanel’s work, but on the men in her life. Sometimes love is hard to disentangle from success.


In October, director Mira Nair will release Amelia, her biopic about one of the most heroic women of the modern age: the aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Knowing that any good drama takes a story loaded with conflict and struggle, this film will most likely hinge on the action-oriented work of this woman’s passion: flying. I look forward to Nair’s cinematic landscapes and color schemes and wonder if Hilary Swank might not find her third Oscar in this performance.


What other soon to be released female driven films do you know about?

Posted by: Autumn.


2 responses to “The Biography Bulge: Women of Interest in TV and Film

  1. the amelia earhart film is on my most anticipated list. and, autumn, you still owe me a date on bright star. let’s hope it’s not new year’s 200x revisited or we’ll laugh/cry our way home.

  2. with pathe international and the bbc co-producing, i think we might avoid another merchant ivory snafu! i’m in.

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