Ootastic: PCOS in pictures

August 26, 2014

30 Film Females: Black Swan (2010)

Filed under: 30 Film Females — ootastic @ 3:03 pm

I first saw the psychological thriller Black Swan on a rare girl’s night out at the Cambridge Picturehouse and remember giggling to myself at how entertainingly bonkers it was (in my opinion, a compliment which can be applied to many films by director Darren Aronofsky).  Natalie Portman gives a dedicated, Oscar-winning performance as fragile, workaholic ballerina Nina, with a charming Mila Kunis as her dance rival and Barbara Hershey as her suffocating mother.  Ballet was one of the many hobbies I was indulged in as a child but showed little aptitude for.  But with my anxious tendencies I can empathise with Nina’s quest for perfection.

I’m not sure where the idea for this simplification of a black swan originated, possibly a Pictish bird pendant by husband bought at Inverness Museum.  I also remember watching the Simon Pegg film The World’s End around the time of drawing, with it’s multitude of illustrated pub signs.  BTW, who is the female equivalent of Simon Pegg (Jessica Hynes?) and why they haven’t they made more films?  I also wanted the swan to have a big beady eye reminiscent of the Eastenders trailer for the Lucy Beale murder storyline.

Honourable mentions for 2010: Carey Mulligan as the sympathetic Kathy H in the screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s book Never Let Me Go.  Also, Chloe Grace Moretz as the sweary Hit Girl in Kick-Ass.


Black Swan


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