Three bits of Damsels in Distress news…
First, Indiana University Cinema has a Whit Stillman season on, including a lecture by the man himself tomorrow (2nd March) at 3pm. They have screenings of all his films, including several of Damsels, starting in a few hours time!
Second, Collider.com has an interview with Megalyn Echikunwoke in which she talks about various projects, including Damsels:
What drew you to the quirky comedy of Damsels in Distress?
Echikunwoke: I just remember reading the script for that and thinking it was so fresh and authentic. (Writer/director) Whit [Stillman] has such a unique voice and was so funny. I hadn’t read a script in awhile that just made me chuckle out loud, throughout the whole thing. I just get his humor, and it’s definitely not for everybody, but I felt excited and inspired by it. I had never done anything like that. The characters are subtle, but also broad, at the same time. I just wanted to challenge myself and see what I could do and how I could fit into this bizarre, beautiful world that he created.
And then, when I was in the audition, he told me a little bit about the inspiration for the character and asked me if I could do any accents. I just said, “Well, I have this funny English accent that I do. Let me try that.” And he ended up really liking it, so it just stuck. I’d never gotten to do an accent for anything that I’ve done, so that was really appealing because I love doing accents. Ever since I was a kid, I made it my business to try to mimic foreign accents, so it was really fun to be able to do that. I was really working on the accent to try to make it really good and, at one point, Whit said, “No, it’s too good. You have to muck it up a little bit.” He would try to get me to not do it so well, so that it would be funnier.
Was it fun to get to work with girls from such different backgrounds?
Echikunwoke: Yeah, I loved that we were all so different, and that’s a testament to Whit and his vision and his sensibility about people. I really liked working with everyone. Greta [Gerwig] is so interesting and smart, so it was really great to work with her and see her process, as well.
And finally, talking of Greta Gerwig, at the Dublin International Film Festival she won the Best Actress award for her role in Damsels, echoing the many positive remarks in reviews.