Part of SFFILM Festival
How to Build a Girl
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
Being bright and bookish is rarely a recipe for high school popularity, and Joanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart, Festival 2019) spends as much time with the rock god posters on the wall of her Midlands bedroom as she does with her mates until the moment when she submits a review of the Annie soundtrack that lands her a writing gig at a music magazine and a golden opportunity for reinvention. Based on the book by Caitlin Moran, Girl showcases Feldstein to delightful effect in a rollicking tale about taking on the world and learning to be yourself.
“As fun as a night in the mosh pit with your best mate, How to Build a Girl casts up-and-coming It girl Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart) as a brainy, bawdy, and irrepressibly rebellious working-class teen prodigy coming of age in Wolverhampton, UK, in the early 1990s… Directed by Coky Giedroyc with a fizzy vibrancy and supercharged by Feldstein’s intense charisma, this crowd-pleasing comedy has smart things to say about class, sex, and female identity… Like the book and Moran’s writings elsewhere, the film gleefully gets raunchy and real about the female body and mind. As the title suggests, it’s all about exploring how one girl constructs herself piece by piece, and it’s a joyful thing to behold.” –Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
London-based Coky Giedroyc has directed extensively for television, including the miniseries The Virgin Queen (2005), for which she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Drama Serial, and the pilot episode of Sherlock (2010). She made her feature directing debut with Stella Does Tricks (1996), followed by Women Talking Dirty (1999). How to Build a Girl is her third feature.
Director Coky Giedroyc
Producer Alison Owen, Debra Hayward
Writer Caitlin Moran
Editor Gary Dollner, Gareth C. Scales
Cinematographer Hubert Taczanowski
Music Oli Julian
Cast Beanie Feldstein, Alfie Allen, Paddy Considine