Coming of age tale Ginger & Rosa directed by Sally Potter, screened last night at the New York Film Festival. It stars Elle Fanning as a young girl in 1962 working class Britain. Playing 17, Fanning was only 13 when it was filmed. The film also stars Alessandro Nivola and newcomer Alice Englert. All three, along with director Potter as well as Nivola’s wife Emily Mortimer attended the screening.
London, 1962. Two teenage girls – Ginger and Rosa - are inseparable; they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers’ frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered – by the clash of desire and the determination to survive.
The film premiered at TIFF and will also screen at the 56th BFI London Film Festival. Costarring Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Jodhi May and Annette Bening, Ginger & Rosa will be in UK cinemas 19th October. Take a look at the trailer. If you’re in the UK you can get a pass to a screening from the film’s FB page.