It Girl with a yen for directing

Chloe Sevigny's directorial short-film debut, Kitty, made a splash at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Chloe Sevigny's directorial short-film debut, Kitty, made a splash at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Actress Chloe Sevigny has spent the last two years training as a movie-maker helming short films and says she is ready to take on a feature

NEW YORK • Chloe Sevigny is cutting to the chase. Tired of being defined more by her off-screen It Girl aura than by her acting, even though she was nominated for an Oscar for Boys Don't Cry (1999), she produced Lizzie so she could, for the first time in her 50-film career, play the lead part.

Set in 1892, the movie - a take on Lizzie Borden and the infamous axe murders - finds a rage-filled Borden (Sevigny) romancing Kristen Stewart's Irish housemaid and literally smashing the patriarchy (in the face, with an axe) in a series of scenes involving full nudity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2018, with the headline 'It Girl with a yen for directing'. Print Edition | Subscribe