In anticipation of our first live podcast event where we will be revisiting the iconic Twilight (2008), we had the absolute pleasure to speak with director Catherine Hardwicke. Architect of this cultural phenomenon, Catherine recounts how she landed the role and the casting process that launched the careers of its stars, Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson. In this hour-long interview, we explore Catherine’s journey into filmmaking as well as the distinct challenges of a female director in the industry, especially with directing blockbusters. Sadly as the only female director of the Twilight saga, we get an insight into just how rich stories can be that target an overlooked female audience and capture those first moments we all experience as when we come of age. Expect some golden stories & for your Twilight nostalgia to be reignited!

Our Guest

Helen Catherine Hardwicke (born October 21, 1955) is an American film director, production designer, and screenwriter. Her directorial work includes Thirteen (2003), which she co-wrote with Nikki Reed, the film’s co-star, Lords of Dogtown (2005), The Nativity Story (2006), Twilight (2008), Red Riding Hood (2011), Plush (2013), Miss You Already (2015), Miss Bala (2019), and Prisoner’s Daughter (2022).

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Films mentioned

  • Twilight (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008)
  • Thirteen (Catherine Hardwicke, 2003)
  • Lords of Dogtown (Catherine Hardwicke, 2005)
  • Mafia Mamma (Catherine Hardwicke, 2023)
  • Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ken Kwapis, 2005)
  • Into the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007)
  • Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (Mike Newell, 2005)
  • Tank Girl (Rachel Talalay, 1995)
  • Titanic (James Cameroon, 1997)
  • Avatar (James Cameroon, 2009)
  • Mean Streets (Martin Scorsese, 1973)
  • Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, 1937)

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