Tully is described as “a story about Motherhood in 2018″, starring Charlize Theron as a stretched-thin mother-of-three Marlo. In reality, Tully is about much more than motherhood. All of the movie’s themes can hang their hat on the peg of motherhood, but they are about other things too. Ageing, tolerance, mental health, and interpersonal relationships.
There is a persistent truism within the feminist community – that if feminism isn’t intersectional, it isn’t working. Throughout the panel discussion, disability rights, race, and socio-economic disparity were threaded into the conversation. They grounded it into the reality in which so many people live.
The Terror is a fantastic piece of television, storytelling, and nuanced acting that has so far garnered 100% on rotten tomatoes.
I can still recall with detail the yellow painted walls of the back stairwell at my high school. The black banisters; the small windows teasing us with a view of the East River. The sound of a classmate calling out “look, everyone, Gabriella’s staring at her own boobs!”
There is an expectation in film and TV that women fall into discrete categories. Femme fatale, victim, strong and unemotional. Even as characters begin to slowly break those moulds, there is still a shortage of diversity for women on screen. Danes’ ugly crying does not make her ugly, far from it.