Sundance directors: Rebecca Daly, 'Mammal'

Australian actress Rachel Griffiths usually inhabits gregarious characters but plays against type in Mammal as a woman who loses a son and weaves a complicated relationship with a teenage boy. “My co-writer Glenn [Montgomery] had this idea to write a film about a woman who did not know how to parent,” says director Rebecca Daly, who hopes some of the protagonist’s choices will trigger lively conversations. “I think generally speaking women are judged more harshly
than men in relation to the way they parent (or don’t parent) their children.” Daly, who directed 2011 drama The Other Side Of Sleep, appreciated the range that Griffiths invested in the character. “For me the tension between Rachel’s nature and Margaret’s character is one of the most interesting elements of the film.”


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