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British director Andrea Arnold’s approach to film treads a thin line between fiction and reality. She often makes use of improvisation, exploring the lives of marginalized working class kids by casting non-professional young performers. She has won three consecutive Cannes Jury Awards. Red Road (2006) was shot largely under Dogme 95 rules of austerity: authentic locations, hand-held cameras, no special lighting, with no extraneous action. Fish Tank (2009) presented casting discovery Katie Jarvis as a rebellious 15 year-old living in British Public Housing. Arnold’s direction elicited a strong performance from Jarvis, who met the challenge of being convincing in a highly charged storyline that revolved around an affair with an older man played by the estimable Michael Fassbender.
Arnold’s new film, American Honey, explores the lives of ... READ MORE