Meek's Cutoff + Q&A

Actor Shirley Henderson talks to the Editor of Psychologies Magazine, Louise Chunn, about her work in Meek's Cutoff as part of the Birds Eye View Film Festival at BFI Southbank. Henderson discusses the pleasures and particularities of filming in Oregon, and describes how engrossed she became by the landscape during the shoot, detailing how she had to maneuver herself carefully through the terrain, adding to the slow pace that you encounter watching the film.

Henderson reveals that there were time pressures imposed on the production due to the long drives to and from location each day, the unpredictable weather and filming with unreliable wildlife. Henderson exposes some of Reichardt's directing techniques, suggesting that Reichardt chooses tells the story through the 'watchers' eyes - the women in the story. Chunn mentions the Bechdel Test and praises Meek's Cutoff for passing with flying colours but acknowledges there are numerous contemporary and classic films which chose to eliminate interesting female roles.



 

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