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


David Morrison


Keith Reamer


David Mansfield


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


Sundance, Locarno 2006


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