Filmmaker Paul Schrader plays with the writing of a female ‘taxi driver’


Acclaimed American filmmaker Paul Schrader is known for writing strong male leads, but at the age of 76 he decided to head into uncharted territory and produce a screenplay with a female lead.

Schrader, who wrote or co-wrote four Martin Scorsese films including ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Raging Bull’, has also directed more than 20 films and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend. . Speaking to Reuters after winning the award, Schrader said he had achieved everything he set out to do in film but still felt he had more work to do.

“I’m sitting here thinking, what if (‘Taxi Driver’ protagonist) Travis Bickle wore a skirt?” he said. “I know every writer is always told to write what you know. And I wrote what I know now. Maybe I should write what I don’t know. You know, maybe that I should write about a woman.”

He revealed that he had actually just finished a screenplay centered on a trauma nurse, but acknowledged that it was a difficult process and said he might not be directing the project on his own. “I’m even tempted to seek…a co-director just because it’s such a feminine piece. And I don’t know if I’d be better served with a co-director,” he added, without say more. project details.

His latest film ‘Master Gardener’ premiered at the festival on Saturday – the third in a loose trilogy centering on the idea of ​​a ‘one man in a room’. The film stars Joel Edgerton as devoted gardener Narvel Roth who is torn when his wealthy employer Norma, played by Sigourney Weaver, assigns him to take on his troubled great-niece Maya, played by Quintessa Swindell, as an apprentice. .

Edgerton said the role unlocks aspects of himself that are usually closed off. “I’m not a violent person, but I can be. And acting allows me to express things that I keep under control in my personal life,” he told Reuters. (Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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