Artwork by Chloe Leeson
‘Talk to the internet’ is a new segment at Screenqueens. We take the same 10 questions and one internet sensation to find out their loves, their hates and their dream casts in the world of film.
Caitlin Hazell is a 20 yr old staff illustrator at RookieMag and journalling wizard. She creates zines, is a part of the cargo collective, dabbles in performance art at university and occasionally runs an online shop. Most people know her from tumblr as bollykecks where she blogs scans from her journals, photos from her day trips, art inspiration and updates on the latest films she’s been watching.
With a keen eye for great and bizarre European film, here Caitlin discusses her sixth form project on Sedmikrasky, ‘Greek Weird Wave’ and Lucas Moodysson…
1. What’s your favourite film and why?
Toss-up between films like Sidewalls, Amelie, and The Tree Of Life that remind me how beautiful and fragile life can be, and on a different plain altogether ‘Hail The New Puritan’ which is a documentryish film about the Scottish punk ballet dancer Michael Clark, in the 80s, or Daisies (Sedmikrásky) which I can’t get enough of, I based my sixth form extended project on Czech New Wave cinema and screened it in a film club, but nobody else really understood that it doesn’t have to be initially understood.
2. What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen and why?
I saw Lets Be Cops in the cinema with my Brother as a semi joke and we thought it was so bad it was laughable.
3. If you could make up your own imaginary film genre what would it be called?
At the moment I’m obsessed with the new ‘Greek weird wave’ (Dogtooth, Alps, Attenberg) genre and its reliance on use of the physical body as opposed to expensive sets and stories so I want a new art and the body genre of film, not sure where I’m going with this or what it would be called.
4. If you were given the opportunity to direct, who would you cast in your dream movie?
I only recently saw ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ and was amazed at the acting of Quvenzhané Wallis at such a young age, she is going far. Also Eloise Laurence in ‘Broken’- so good and never fails to leave me sobbing. I adore Kristen Stewart, Eva Green, Winona Ryder, Adrien Brody, Adam Driver, but that’s such a random mixing of people. I’d love to co-direct with Miranda July so she could be in it too.
5. Who is your favourite woman character from Film or TV?
Ellen Page’s role as Juno Mcduff changed my life as a weird 12 year old, I hold both Ellen and Juno very close to my heart. Juno taught me so much about being a non-conforming woman in so many different ways, she is smart, funny, has a great vocabulary and the whole soundtrack introduced me to so many great bands- Belle & Sebastian, Kimya Dawson and the Moldy Peaches, Sonic Youth, The Kinks, Cat Power, Velvet Underground.. I feel like I have Juno to thank for half my ipod.
6. In your opinion, what is a seriously under-rated cinematic masterpiece?
The early films of Lukas Moodysson, his latest film ‘We Are The Best!’ got more publicity, but his earlier stuff is even better- ‘Lilya-4-Ever’, ‘Together’ and ‘Show Me Love’ are so touching.
7. Rank your top 3 films by your favourite director (if you have one!)
I have a lot of fave directors so I’m going to rank lots (sorry)
-Lars Von Trier; Nymphomaniac Vol 1, Antichrist, Melancholia
-Céline Sciamma; Waterlilies, Tomboy, Girlhood
-Michel Gondry; The Science Of Sleep, Mood Indigo, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
-Xavier Dolan; Heartbeats, Mommy, Laurence Anyways (so hard leaving out the rest)
….and just to throw him in, my favourite of all the Wes films is ‘Rushmore’- Max forever ❤
8. What was the last film you watched?
‘Bad Hair’ which is a Venezuelan film I watched through the film site Mubi (love it)- it is a really beautiful piece of cinema, again with strong young acting.
9. Favourite movie quote?
“At least you’ll never be a vegetable – even artichokes have hearts.” From Amelie!
10. And finally, what film are you most looking forward to in the near future?
Sad but true I’m really looking forward to the films coming out with Cara Delevingne in, and some new releases I still haven’t seen, X+Y, Difret, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, The Sisterhood of Night, and Everything Will Be Fine- a Wim Wenders film with Charlotte Gainsbourg!! Dreams!!
By Chloe Leeson
Chloe Leeson is 19 and from the north of England (the proper north). She believes Harmony Korine is the future and is pretty sure she coined the term ‘selfie central’. She doesn’t like Pina Coladas or getting caught in the rain but she does like Ezra Miller & Dane DeHaan a whole lot. Her favourite films are The Beach, Lords of Dogtown and Into the Wild. But DON’T talk to her about Paranormal Activity. She rants @kawaiigoff.