Loading Events

Part of SFFILM Festival


Directed by Josephine Decker

USA | Fiction | 107

12 Apr
Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Victoria Theatre
Victoria Theatre 2961 16th Street (between Mission and Capp Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
14 Apr
Tue, Apr 14 at 3:00 pm
The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum


A psychological drama dipped in acid, this darkly funny fictional portrait of writer Shirley Jackson (“The Lottery”) soars on Elisabeth Moss’s fearless eponymous performance. Stricken with writer’s block and under the thumb of her controlling husband (Michael Stuhlbarg), Shirley unleashes her acerbic tongue on young houseguests Fred and Rose. In its dark wit and depiction of marital discord, Shirley bears a resemblance to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? while also dishing up sharp observations of a half-mad woman rebelling against 1950s submissive womanhood.

“As willfully unconventional as a literary portrait could possibly be, Madeline’s Madeline director Josephine Decker’s take on Shirley Jackson is a thrillingly perverse example of what happens when the shackles of biopic formula are cast aside.” –Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

Director Josephine Decker

Josephine Decker made her feature directing debut with Butter on the Latch in 2013. Her other features include Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014) and Madeline’s Madeline (2018). Decker received a US Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking for Shirley.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 107

Country USA

Director Josephine Decker

Producer Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Sue Naegle, Sarah Gubbins, Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Elisabeth Moss

Writer Sarah Gubbins

Editor David Barker

Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Music Tamar-kali

Cast Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young