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Mark Suozzo Interview by The Official Podcast

Whit Stillman’s composer, Mark Suozzo, was interviewd The Official Podcast recently.  He discusses how he collaborates with Stillman and how they set a tone for the film through music (among other things).

It is an thorough interview and worth a listen or two.

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Whit Stillman’s ‘Damsels in Distress’ is on Swedish and Danish TV

Whit Stillman’s komedie Damsels in Distress is on Swedish and Danish TV.

Sweden TV schedule

Denmark TV schedule

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En komedi om tre vackra tjejer – den dynamiska ledaren Violet Wister, den principfasta Rose och sexiga Heather – som bestämmer sig för att drastiskt förändra livet för studenterna vid ett sjaskigt amerikanskt universitet. De får även med utbytesstudenten Lily i sina försök att hjälpa deprimerade studenter med hjälp av god hygien och dans. Tjejerna inleder förhållanden med en rad killar, däribland charmören Charlie, drömprinsen Xavier och de galna Frank och Thor som är med i en manlig universitetsförening. Dessa förhållanden sätter såväl tjejernas vänskap som deras mentala hälsa på prov.


Whit Stillmans ”Damsels in Distress” er en morsom komedie om tre smukke piger, den dynamiske leder Violet Wister, den principfaste Rose og den sexede Heather, der forsøger at revolutionere forholdene på et nedslidt amerikansk universitet. De byder deres medstuderende Lily velkommen i deres gruppe, der har til formål at hjælpe alvorligt deprimerede medstuderende ved hjælp af et program med donut og stepdans.Undervejs bliver pigerne draget af pigemagneten og drømmefyren Xavier, hvilket sætter pigernes venskab og tilregnelighed på en prøve.

Filmmaker Magazine Article “Always Have a Low-Budget Back-Up Plan”: Whit Stillman in Wroclaw

Ashley Clark at Filmmaker Magazine writes about Whit Stillman’s masterclass that he recently gave at the American Film Festival in Poland.  In the article Stillman gives a ton of great advice and it is well worth the read.

I’ve been reading some writers who say that they envy people who aren’t immediately successful as writers, because they do other work and live in other worlds before they become successful. For example, F. Scott Fitzgerald envied the fact that Joseph Conrad had had all that maritime experience — he was made a captain on a ship. Mine was much less glamorous and romantic than Conrad’s but I had a chance to work in several different worlds.

I was desperate for work in the film business, but there was no indie sector when I graduated [from Harvard] in 1973. I eventually got into selling Spanish films, even though it was a very bad business.


At a certain point in writing the Metropolitan script, the actors were creating themselves and saying their own things.

You think that when you’re well-rested and prepared, you’re going to do your best work, but I found that if you’re trying to have silly, crazy stuff in the story at some point, then the opposite is true.

One of the most important things when you’re starting to write your first screenplays is to get a subject that you’re really fascinated with for a long time, and you think other people will be fascinated with — it must have some sexy aspect to it.

Whit Stillman directing The Last Days of Disco

Try to have a plan for how you could shoot it for no money. There’s probably a low-budget version of War and Peace out thereA solution to failure is to try to take control of what can happen. Do it yourself and take responsibility.