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THE MOVIE: Factory Girl

Sienna Miller • Guy Pearce • Hayden Christensen
DIRECTOR: George Hickenlooper

Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) and Warhol (Guy Pearce) THE CONCEPT:
The rise and fall of Edie Sedgwick (Miller), who became the quintessential icon of American pop culture in the ‘60s, when she met up with counter-culture anti-hero Andy Warhol (Pearce), and found herself at the center of a revolutionary universe, bursting with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

U.S. RELEASE: February 2 2007, Nationwide • Rated: R


“I researched Edie for about a year. I read every book there was to read, and watched all of the films I could get my hands on. Guy Pearce and I went down to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, and they let us into an archive room where they had movies that people haven’t seen, with normal conversations between Edie and Andy that he taped. I got a CD of that to get her voice and her speech patterns.”

“I knew about the film in April, so I started reading and looking at documentaries of Andy Warhol. We didn’t start shooting until November, so I had a good six month to play around with the stuff. All the research that I did superceded my perception of the other Andy Warhol performances I’d seen. David Bowie’s was in the ‘80s, and it’s after he’s been shot, Jared Harris’ performance [in I Shot Andy Warhol] was great for that film because you don’t really get inside him too much, which I think helps us as an audience feel Valerie Solanas frustration with him, and Crispin Glover’s moment in The Doors is such a trippy kind of thing. They were all very different, but I think using Andy’s audio tapes were a great help to me.”

“Edie had such a unique sense of style, and really accidentally came upon it. She used to do these jazz/ballet workouts, and she’d wear her leotards with her black tights, and then she couldn’t be bothered to change, so she’d just put a coat over it, and it caught on and became this huge trend.”

“What surprised me most when doing the research was I discovered how intelligent Andy was and how funny he was; I think he had a great sense of humor. His decision to be one step ahead of the game and claim that maybe he was stupid, claim that he was ugly, all this kind of stuff just to survive, I found really fascinating.”

“Andy Warhol was an absolute genius. He was so ahead of his time. The way that he made his movies, he just had real people having real conversations. Flash forward to us now, our culture is obsessed with reality TV, but he was doing it in 1965.”

“Andy Warhol’s friend Brigit Berlin allowed me to hear phone conversations she and Andy made. She said to me one day, ‘Go to the box and you’ll find a tape listed, ‘November 16th, 1971, I tell Andy Edie died.’ And sure enough I go to the box and there’s the tape. And their conversation is just heartbreaking, he’s clearly shocked and stunned by what had happened.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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