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Indie ReframedWomen's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema$
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Linda Badley, Claire Perkins, Michele Schreiber, and Michele Schreiber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403924

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403924.001.0001

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‘I’m Absolutely the Right Person for this Job’: Allison Anders and Mary Harron on Lifetime Television

‘I’m Absolutely the Right Person for this Job’: Allison Anders and Mary Harron on Lifetime Television

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(p.87) 5.‘I’m Absolutely the Right Person for this Job’: Allison Anders and Mary Harron on Lifetime Television
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Indie Reframed
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Michele Schreiber

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403924.003.0006

This chapter examines the recent careers of Allison Anders and Mary Harron, who took off in the early-to-mid 1990s but subsequently turned to television and have found a workspace in the Lifetime TV Network’s made-for-television film aimed at women. Like Seidelman, Anders and Harron target an older female demographic and make films about women whose stories have been marginalised (June Carter in Anders’ Ring of Fire, 2013) or discredited (Anna Nicole Smith in Harron’s Anna Nicole, 2013). Harron, moreover, exploits the subversive potential of the celebrity biopic to expose the media’s role in constructing the self-destructing Anna Nicole.

Keywords:   Allison Anders, Mary Harron, Lifetime TV Network, made-for-television film, celebrity biopic

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