Stephanie Daley (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2007

Stephanie Daley 2006

Directed by Hilary Brougher

Tilda Swinton is the pregnant forensic psychologist sent to interview a teenage Christian girl accused of killing her newborn baby. A lacerating drama which exposes the hidden terrors of women.

USA In English
90 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Photography

David Morrison

Editor

Keith Reamer

Music

David Mansfield

With

Tilda Swinton
,
Amber Tamblyn
,
Timothy Hutton
,
Denis O’Hare
,
Jim Gaffigan
,
Deirdre O’Connell

Festivals

Sundance, Locarno 2006

Elsewhere

A shy 16-year-old Christian girl, played with tentative grace by Amber Tamblyn, is accused of killing her newborn baby. But did she even know of her pregnancy? Tilda Swinton, in a memorable powered-down performance, is the pregnant forensic psychologist sent to interview her. “With a calmness that bespeaks confidence, Brougher’s small, spellbinding second feature brings together two women, trapped in separate states of denial and distress, who manage to end each other’s entrapment… Flashbacks to a teenage party, a biology class or Stephanie playing the flute in marching band feel like life caught on the fly.” — Joe Morgenstern, The Wall St Journal.

“This lacerating drama from writer-director Hilary Brougher shines a piercing light onto some of the hidden terrors of women, especially in an era when abstinence can shade into ignorance. The scary culminating flashback, in which Stephanie gives birth – in a public restroom, on a high school ski trip – is a marvel of authentic disturbance.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly