Saturday, December 4, 2010

Catherine Hardwick's interesting projects

Director Catherine Hardwicke ( Thirteen, Twilight ) who has just wrapped Red Ridng Hood ( 3/11/2011 ) with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman, has been very busy and working at a pretty fast clip these days.
She has a Hamlet film she has in producution at this time, with Emile Hirsch cast, and has announced she will also direct Freeheld, with Ellen Page in the lead.
Freeheld is about Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester who spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice would be for the woman she loved.

Freeheld chronicles Laurel's struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree ( Page ). With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when her elected officials - the Ocean County Freeholders -deny her request to leave her pension to Stacie, an automatic option for heterosexual married couples. The film is structured chronologically, following both the escalation of Laurel's battle with the Freeholders and the decline of her health as cancer spreads to her brain.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !