Pollyanna McIntosh is one of the most interesting and charismatic genre performers around. From her role alongside Simon Pegg in the John Landis comedy Burke and Hare to her appearance with James McAvoy in the 2013 Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth, she’s carving out a niche of fascinating roles in dark, edgy films. But it was her titular role in 2011’s The Woman that really put her on the map.
Pollyanna came to Australia in 2011 to promote The Woman alongside director Lucky McKee, taking part in a number of Q&As, including one at Cinema Nova moderated by Lee. And we’re absolutely delighted that she’s agreed to be our next guest.
For someone so closely associated with genre films, we had to know: which filmmaker did she want to discuss on the show?
American comedy-dramatist Nicole Holofcener!
We’ve been singing the praises of Holofcener’s work for some time, so this choice pleased us greatly. Her first feature was 1996’s Walking and Talking (produced by Ted Hope), and she followed it up with 2001’s Lovely & Amazing. In amongst directing episodes of some obscure TV shows nobody’s heard of like Six Feet Under, Gilmore Girls, Sex and the City and Parks and Recreation, she made 2006’s Friends With Money, 2010’s Please Give and 2013’s Enough Said.
And if none of those are ringing any bells, then you are in for a treat.
But that’s not all: it’s time again for us to delve into our mini-Hyphenates segment, where we choose a director who has a finite filmography with five or fewer works. Someone who may not have enough films to qualify for the main stage.
This month, we’ll be talking about the films of Bob Fosse. We’ve been wanting to talk Fosse on the show for a long time, so this is very exciting. If you’re not familiar with Fosse, we’ll certainly cover that in the show, but basically: Sweet Charity, Caberet, Lenny, All That Jazz, Star 80. Yeah, this is gonna be a pretty great episode.
So what is it about Holofcener’s films that appeal to Pollyanna? Check back in with us when the episode is released on March 31 to find out.