The first film I decide to see at this years Edinburgh Film Festival is Diary of a Teenage Girl directed by Marielle Heller. I knew this screening was going to sell out, namely since a certain actor from True Blood was going to be attending the UK premiere screening of this film. But even if Alexander Skarsgard wasn’t making a special appearance this is definitely a must see film for this year.
Diary of a Teenage Girl is a story about a 15 year old named Minnie, a wannabe cartoonist living in 1970’s San Francisco who can’t wait to grow up and so begins a passionate affair with a man 20 years her senior. Her stories are paired with her creative artwork to tell them in her own personal style.
It’s an interesting insight into the mind of a young teenager who yearns for love and affection from her mom, her stepdad and even the boys from her school. She struggles to make friends and to find someone who loves her for her.
It’s best described as Juno mixed with HBO, yes a teenage quirky drama mixed in with lots of sex and nudity that HBO is well known for. Even though there is quite a few sexual scenes, it’s interesting to see it through a young female perspective. Here is someone with her own insecurities and learning or at least trying to overcome them. In fact one of the reasons actress Bel Powley accepted the role of Minnie was because she had the opportunity to represent the average woman. Not everyone can be tall, beautiful and skinny, this is the real world and we should be proud of who we are.
If you missed last night’s UK premiere screening at Edinburgh International Film Festival, you can still check it out at 18.10pm at Cineworld today (Tuesday 23 June 2015) to book tickets click here. Alexander Skarsgård and Bel Powley will also attend this screening of The Diary of a Teenage Girl for a Q&A.