Gerwig, best known for her acting roles in ‘Frances Ha, ‘Mistress America’ and Weiner-Dog’, also wrote the screenplay for ‘Lady Bird’ which is set in the city she grew up, Sacramento, California. It’s a portrait of a quirky Catholic high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who gives herself the nickname ‘Lady Bird’ as she tries to define herself in the shadow of her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and plans her escape from her hometown.
‘Lady Bird’ has its final New York Film Festival screening this Sunday 15th October and opens in US cinemas 3rd November, hitting UK screens on 1st December 2017.
James Kleinmann was in New York for Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ press conference and brings us the video in full.
Official Synopsis: Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) – affectionately known and self-proclaimed as Lady Bird – is an ambitious, bright, and precocious high school senior. Longing to break free of suburban Sacramento, she dreams of a different life full of east coast skyscrapers, Ivy League universities, and cosmopolitan culture.
With modest grades and no alumni connections to speak of, Lady Bird needs extracurriculars to beef up her college applications. Joining the drama club leads to new friends (sometimes at the expense of old ones), first loves, and a social life in full swing. Dealing with her critical mother and succeeding at math do not come as easily. With her dad recently laid off, her mom working double shifts as a nurse, and her brother and his girlfriend — Berkeley grads — working at the supermarket, she is keenly aware that post–high school life is no walk in the park. Old enough to appreciate what she has, but not always mature enough to show it, sometimes she just wants to go shopping for her prom dress rather than putting her clothes away.