Interview: Marianna Palka on ‘Bitch’, ‘GLOW’ & feminist films

The Skinny is chatting to Marianna Palka, the Scottish writer, director and actor, who’s fresh off the close of the Sundance London film festival where her latest directorial effort, Bitch, has just played. Glasgow-born though largely US-based since her teens, Palka has her “finger in both pies”, as she describes it, regarding filmmaking in her two home countries. “I’m always working on getting stuff done in Scotland and getting stuff done in America at the same time,” she says, “so it’s kind of like whatever happens first happens. But there’s many plans to do many things here that are really exciting.”

Though Palka has appeared onscreen in Scottish productions like Neds and Scottish Mussel, she’s best known for her American work, be it a role in HBO’s Girls or her celebrated directorial debut, the offbeat romantic comedy Good Dick, which made the line-up of the main Sundance festival in 2008, when she was just 26. “I’m proud of myself,” she says of Good Dick, “to have done that when I was so young. I don’t know when I’m gonna watch it again, because it’s been a while. I think what I did was I set myself such a high bar with my first film, and I think that’s a really good thing to do. I think when you’re making your first film you should just be like, ‘Oh, I wanna go this far and do everything that is my dream.’ I think it’s a good jumping-off point.”

Full interview for The Skinny

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