Girls Against Boys
Danielle as Shae
February 1, 2013 (limited)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Austin Chick
Status: Coming soon!
"Nearlyweds" (TV Movie)
Danielle as Erin
January 12, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Status: Coming Soon!
(TV Series - Guest)
Danielle as Juliette
January 23 - Feb 20, 2013
Episodes: 5 Episodes
Status: Coming Soon!
Danielle as TBA
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Jordan Alan
Danielle as TBA
Release Date: 2013
Directed by: Unknown
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‘Girls Against Boys’ opens in TWO cinemas tomorrow, February 1st. If you are lucky enough to live in the LA or NYC areas, here are your options:
5240 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601 | (310)478-3836
34 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011 | (212) 255-8800
The rest of us, not-so-lucky ones, will have to wait for the Blu-ray/DVD release on February 26th! Pre-order your copy on Amazon.
Danielle Panabaker and ‘Girls Against Boys’ director, Austin Chick, answered some questions on Reddit earlier today. I got the chance to ask a few and they were all nicely answered. One of the questions is about the Blu-ray release so make sure you read the full post:
Fredy (D-Panabaker.Org): Is there a specific, intended meaning for two of the scenes that focus on Shae’s face: when she’s dancing at the club, and when she’s looking at the mirror near the finale?
Austin Chick: Hi Fredy – You’ve seen it so you know that’s it’s actually a sort of quiet movie in some ways. It’s not the bloody, high-octane, thrill-ride that the log line might suggest. It’s a more internal psychological journey – almost like a dark fever-dream – and that’s the intended effect of those shots. It’s the journey “through the looking glass” which it what we actually do in that mirror shot toward the end of the movie.
Danielle, you mentioned in a recent interview there were some scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut that could have defined the relationship between the two girls even better. Could you tell us more about them?
Danielle Panabaker: The scenes were useful to me as an actor filling out the role, but I respect Austin’s decision not to put them in the movie. To me, those scenes gave a small insight into the beginning of the end of their relationship.
Austin, one of the very first shots of the film reveals, almost unnoticeably, that Shae and Lu might actually have a much deeper “relationship” (to avoid spoilers, I hope you know what I mean). Was that something you based off on when writing the script?
Austin Chick: I DO know what you mean and without giving too much away… yes. I wanted to drop an early hint that there might be another way of reading things but it’s very easy to miss. Perhaps I’m too subtle for my own good.
Coming from Examiner.Com:
Dorri Olds: Did you enjoy working on “Girls Against Boys?
Danielle Panabaker: Yeah! It was a really fun movie and I’m very proud to have been a part of this film.
Did you and Nicole LaLiberte click onset?
She’s amazing. I really loved all of the people involved and felt just sky high with the cast.
What intrigued you most about the story?
That it had a fantasy element to it. The script leaves questions about whether the Lu character is even real or just part of Shae’s imagination. It’s as if Shae fell down the rabbit hole.
When did you know you wanted to be an actress?
To be totally honest I just fell into it. When we lived in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, my sister and I did a local play. My whole family got involved. My mom did the makeup. My sister and I were being homeschooled and my parents wanted us to be socialized. We had a lot of fun with the other kids hanging out backstage.
What are some of your other projects?
I’ve done a handful of great roles. “Empire Falls” changed my life. “Friday the 13th” was so much fun — just a blast. I’ve done a few “Bones” episodes; my next one will be in the middle of February. I’ve also done “Necessary Roughness.” That show is all about football, which is great because I love football. My character is the football team owner.
You don’t look like a typical football owner.
[Laughs] Oh I know. In the show, my character’s dad dies and leaves her the football team. It’s like other USA shows. It’s a drama but with a lot of levity and humor. The other actors on the show are amazing and really fun to watch. I work a lot and I know I’ve been very fortunate.
Psychological Thriller and Horror. Rated R (violence and some gore). 97 minutes. Opens Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street.
Check out the latest clip from ‘Girls Against Boys’. The film opens TOMORROW in limited theaters in LA and NYC!
This one comes from Entertainment Weekly:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How familiar are you with the female-revenge genre?
AUSTIN CHICK: Pretty familiar, the obvious ones like Baise-moi and Ms. 45. I’ve seen a lot of those movies. But I actually never thought I would make a rape-revenge movie.
How did this project come about?
It’s a script I wrote a while ago, actually. I hadn’t done much with it. There was a part of me that was a little bit nervous about making this movie, as a man. But I met the producers in 2010 and they were looking for something that they could make in this under-a-$1m budget range and it seemed like it was the right fit.
How tough was it to cast the two leads? With all due respect to the other actors it’s most definitely their movie.
It was hard. The character of Lu, played by Nicole, was actually written as an Asian-American and I had originally cast it with an Asian-American actress. It was only at the very last minute that she balked at the nudity and we had to recast that part.
Obviously, it’s not just about getting two great actresses, it’s about getting two people who work really well together. So much of it is about the dynamic between the two of them. In some ways they’re completely different and yet you have to believe that these two women would go on this adventure together. I thought they both did a really fantastic job.
Coming from Bloody Disgusting. Austin Chick speaks about the film and more about working with Danielle after the jump:
You wrote and directed the film, what was the seed of inspiration that made you want to explore this territory?
I’ve always been interested in the dynamics between men and women and the way two people can misunderstand and misinterpret each others intentions and how this can lead to someone getting hurt. Girls Against Boys might be part two in a “battle of the sexes” trilogy that started with XX/XY. Nobody gets be-footed in XX/XY but people definitely get hurt.
What’s your approach to maintaining the audience’s investment in the characters? Shae has quite an arc from victim to victimizer.
At the most fundamental level Girls is a coming of age story. Shae is transformed by her experience and it’s the transformation that I wanted to focus on, rather than the crimes.
What typical revenge movie tropes did you want to avoid with this film?
Revenge movies tend to be painted in very broad strokes. They’re usually populated by characters who are extremes – often even caricatures. By painting the world in this extreme black-and-white relief the protagonist is empowered with a moral righteousness which allows us, as viewers, to feel good about cheering them on as they slaughter the bad guys. It’s an exercise that allows us to indulge our own violent fantasies and it can make for a very satisfying viewing experience (as Tarantino has amply demonstrated), but rarely are situations in life this simple. With Girls Against Boys I was interested in exploring the grey areas – the collateral damage, the moral ambiguity, and the way violence effects the perpetrator as well as the victim. The violent impulse is complex and imprecise and rarely provides the kind of pure catharsis we want.
Here’s yet another interesting review of the film, coming from the Huff Post:
I found myself strangely compelled by Austin Chick’sGirls Against Boys, as much for what it doesn’t say as for what it does.
The film starts with a flash-forward, with a young woman named Lu (Nicole LaLiberte), sexually teasing a cop (Matthew Rauch) in a bedroom, then getting him to let her blindfold and handcuff him to the bed. Then she pulls out his gun — and as the vibe radically changes, the movie jumps into the past.
The focus, in fact, is Shae (Danielle Panabaker), a college student first seen being dumped by her married lover. That night, while tending bar, she’s obviously upset — and is approached by another bartender, who turns out to be Lu. Lu suggests that they go find some guys and party, to take Shae’s mind off her romantic problems.
That, however, goes wrong when the guy she meets winds up raping her the next morning. When Lu finds out later, she hustles Shae off to the police station — but the cops are unsympathetic and callous. So it’s time for a little female justice.
In addition to speaking more about ‘Girls Against Boys,’ Danielle also revealed another upcoming movie she worked on during last fall: ‘Time Lapse’! Read the whole interview with Bloody Disgusting to find out what the project is about!
It’s an intense film, what were your initial thoughts when you read the script?
I was initially attracted to the film because it was a female role that wasn’t someone’s girlfriend or daughter. It really is Shae’s journey, she experiences a really terrible assault and then starts to cope with it. As an actor that was really attractive, as well as the big twist at the end that left me with a lot of questions. It was just a great script as well, I liked it from the get-go. And then I got a chance to talk to Austin [director Austin Chick] and we hit it off. I’m so glad I got the chance to work with him.
I really wanted the chance to bring Shae to life and to fill her out. We only see her in such a brief window of time, the majority of the film takes place over one weekend. So working with Austin and being delicate and respectful to the experience that Shae had gone through was important. He also sent me some films to watch prior to shooting, just so I could get a better sensibility of what he wanted and that was really helpful as well.
You mention the condensed time period the film takes place in, what’s your trick to navigating Shae’s arc through this? She goes from a victim to victimizer almost, but you still need the audience to be on her side.
Austin and I talked a lot about it from the get-go. Just the arc of the character and the beats we wanted to hit, and I really relied on him to guide me onset to help realize his vision.
I’ve been posting some interviews with the crew of ‘Girls Against Boys’ lately, but here’s one with Danielle Panabaker herself. She recently spoke to Shockya.com, here’s what she had to say:
Danielle Panabaker is no stranger to big-screen gnarliness, having co-starred in horror fare like “Friday the 13th,” “The Ward,” ”The Crazies” and even “Piranha 3DD,” in all its goofy, gory glory. In her new film, though, writer-director Austin Chick’s “Girls Against Boys,” Panabaker is on several occasions the one wielding weapons rather than being terrorized. She stars as Shae, a naïve college student who, after getting dumped by her married older lover (Andrew Howard) and victimized by a scuzzy guy (Michael Stahl-David) she meets on the rebound at a party, gets drawn into a twisted plan for revenge by her coworker Lu (Nicole LaLiberte). Together, the two embark upon a gruesome killing spree. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to speak to Panabaker one-on-one this week, about her take on the twisty movie, and why she’s probably done for good with Captain Crunch cereal. The conversation is excerpted below:
ShockYa: How did the movie first come your way, and what was your reaction to the script since the film can kind of be interpreted at least two ways?
Danielle Panabaker: Absolutely — [just] that I think was my initial reaction. It’s a film — even from the first read-through of the script — that left me asking questions, and I wanted to know more. For me, I think that’s always a sign of something intriguing. So that’s where it started. The script was sent to me and I was out of town shooting something else so I hopped on Skype to chat with Austin and really get his perspective, and see where as a writer-director he was coming from – how he saw these characters and their relationship and journey.
ShockYa: In that conversation with him, since it sounds like the script really embodied that ambiguity quite well, did he pull back the curtain a little bit or did he, as some artists do, say, “Hey those are both valid interpretations” (of the story)?
DP: That’s exactly what he said, and I ultimately had to come to a conclusion myself, for my own work on the character, as to just how I perceived everything. So we had a lot of conversations. I think I was definitely the chatty actor – talking about my process and what I was working on, my thoughts – and getting some guidance from him as to what he was looking for, just in terms of Shae’s experience as she starts to cope with this really traumatic event.
This time coming from Washington Square News, a short but great review of Danielle’s latest flick:
From director Austin Chick (“XX/XY”) comes “Girls Against Boys,” a film starring Danielle Panabaker as Shae, a girl whose life is changed forever upon meeting Lu (Nicole LaLiberte). Looking for some fun, Lu takes Shae around to some warehouse parties, where they go home with a few guys. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the guys, Simon (Michael Stahl-David), forces himself on Shae under the pretense of taking her home safely. When the police prove unhelpful, Shae and Lu take justice into their own hands, and their friendship becomes something dangerous and disturbing.
Although the film may sound like nothing more than a simple story of revenge, “Girls” is much more than that. The film makes a conscious effort to deal with the objectification of women, a theme subtly featured in every man’s interaction with Shae and Lu.
The two lead actresses are the film’s greatest strength. Panabaker is particularly impressive as a naive college girl, while LaLiberte is incredibly convincing as a dangerous and obsessive woman. Rather than overplaying the role of a murderer, LaLiberte makes Lu appear devoid of human feeling. Lu’s blank stares combined with her ability to kill a person without a thought make her actions all the more haunting.
“Girls” also experiments with many different angles and shots. The dance scenes in the clubs are among the most interesting in the film. The action and noise are turned down and all the audience can hear is Shae’s breathing, which, when combined with the intense focus on her face, makes it seem as though the audience is witnessing a transformation.
The scene of Shae’s attack is also artfully constructed. Rather than focusing on the violence of the crime, the camera remains focused on the keys dangling from her door while she and Simon are out of focus on the side of the screen. The audience can still hear her struggles, and the sound of pain proves more effective than actually showing the act.
“Girls Against Boys” is an interesting take on the idea of women seeking revenge, and it even questions the very idea of justice. The film asks the question of who is truly to blame for the murders — is it Shae, or is it the objectification in our society? Viewers interested in dark humor, the errors of society and seeing women take things into their own hands will enjoy what Chick’s newest film has to offer.