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The Film That Lit My Fuse: ‘Tank Girl’ & ‘Doctor Who’ Director Rachel Talalay

Rachel Talalay

The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Rachel Talalay, the British-American director behind the cult movie Tank Girl. After helming the Lori Petty feature in 1995, Talalay has worked across several hit television shows, including Doctor Who, Sherlock, and American Gods. She returned to feature work with Netflix’s fall release A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting and recently collaborated with her daughter on $10,000 indie feature An Introvert’s Guide To High School. It screens at the Whistler Film Festival on December 15.

In The Film That Lit My Fuse, Talalay reflects on how British movies like The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner and If… helped her discover Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, which ultimately inspired Tank Girl. She added that former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and the sci-fi franchise’s fandom gave her confidence that she belonged.

Talalay is represented by Casarotto Ramsay and Gersh. Check out the video above.

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