Harvey “Scissorhands” Weinstein has returned to the editing room on several films in Weinstein Co.’s promising fall line-up, from Madonna’s W.E., The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn to Toronto pick-up Dirty Girl, a high school bad girl comedy written and directed by whippersnapper Abe Sylvia. TWC released a sassy pink-and-yellow U.S. poster last week; its rocking over-saturated pastel tint, dazzling accessories, chipped nail polish and hair color firmly set the film in 1987 territory, as Brit ingenue Juno Temple’s blazing eyes peer over the reflection of an unending Oklahoma road.
Soon after Dirty Girl premiered in Toronto, Weinstein helped Sylvia to tighten the film to broaden its appeal, pulling it from its planned berth in Berlin. TWC confirms that the re-edited 90-minute version, which Sylvia loves, won the HBO Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at this summer’s Provincetown Film Festival and will play OutFest in L.A. this month. TWC will release the new edit October 7 in U.S. theaters.
Temple plays the Dirty Girl of the title, raucous, raunchy, and rebellious, who befriends a pudgy, closeted gay teen in small-town Oklahoma. Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy are her parents. Temple, who nabbed attention for playing a manipulative sister in Atonement, as well as pop-out roles in Cracks and Greenberg, will also appear in The Three Musketeers and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Inspired partly by his experiences growing up, Sylvia told indieWIRE that Danielle is based on a girl from his high school called “Dirty Debbie.” Although she wasn’t as bright as Temple’s character–she was in his 7th grade class at age 16–he remembers her boundless confidence and self-assurance. The first scene of the film, where Temple runs across the parking lot, is inspired directly from Sylvia’s memory of his own Dirty Girl.
[Dirty Girl image courtesy of The Weinstein Company.]