'Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about documentary narrated by Michelle Rodrigues
A lot goes on behind the making of a film, especially when the scenes feed on adrenaline and dangerous situations for that added thrill
Some of your favorite films feature badass women, who pack a mean punch and display jaw-dropping stunts that leave you in absolute awe. While select actresses may resort to doing their stunts by themselves, the majority opt to have professionals replace them in scenes that require more aggressive behavior. These women working behind-the-scenes and on-screen to have their names displayed in bold as 'stuntwomen' are what you can call the unsung heroes of Tinseltown. A lot goes on behind the making of a film, especially when the scenes feed on adrenaline and dangerous situations for that added thrill. Now a documentary based on the best-selling 2015 non-fiction book 'Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story', is spotlighting the women behind some of the most glorious films in Hollywood history. Here is everything you need to know about it.
'Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story' will be available on-demand starting September 22.
As replacements to the starring actresses, we've seen them throw punches and kicks, single-handedly take down the bad guys, wield swords, and flip cars on screen. Now, we get to hear their story and their off-screen battles for industrial equity. The new documentary directed by April Wright and narrated by 'Fast & Furious' franchise actress Michelle Rodrigues explores the lives of women who perform stunts in some of the biggest Hollywood action sequences known to man. It chronicles women doing stunts for films from the early age of cinema, that is, the silent era to the present-day blockbusters. It spotlights some of the renowned stuntwomen in the industry and takes us behind-the-scenes of how a stunt sequence for a film is designed and executed.
'Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story' will also feature conversations with celebrated directors, Paul Feig ('Ghostbusters'), Anne Fletcher ('Step Up') and Paul Verhoeven ('RoboCop'), each of whom share their unique perspective of the significance of female stunt performers to their work and in the industry. A plethora of talented women who have lent their skill and expertise to some of the most heart-pounding, iconic action sequences appear in the film to talk about their life and career, including Jessie Graff ('American Ninja Warrior', 'The Dark Knight', 'X-Men: First Class'), Kelly Roisin ('The Walking Dead', 'Venom'), Julie Ann Johnson ('Spider-Man 2', 'Crank'), Jeannie Epper ('2 Fast 2 Furious', 'Kill Bill Vol 2'), Debbie Evans ('Castle', 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'), Heidi Moneymaker ('Captain America: Civil War', 'Avengers: Endgame'), Amy Johnston ('Deadpool', 'Lucifer'), Keisha Tucker ('Black Panther', 'Captain Marvel'), Alyma Dorsey ('Joker', 'Lovecraft Country'), Angela Meryl ('Furious 7', 'Blue Bloods'), and Donna Evans ('Iron Man', 'Bird Box').
Michelle Rodriguez serves as executive producer, while Stephanie Austin, Michael Gruskoff and Marion Rosenberg produce for Shout! Studios. Alex Hamilton, Jay Strommen, Larry Nealy, Robert Hickman, Lynwood Spinks, Ryan Bury and James Andrew Felts. Daniel Pour and Deborah Miller are associate producers. 'Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story' is a production of Gruskoff Films, Neasden Productions, Beachwood Productions, JBird Entertainment and Cheshire Kat Productions in association with Motion Picture Exchange.
Film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, Ben Mankiewicz guides the host, Michelle Rodrigues, and two stuntwomen through clips from the early age of cinema, where actresses performed their own stunts. Directors Paul Verhoeven, Paul Feig, and Anne Fletcher and producer Al Ruddy discuss the importance of stunt performers in their films and give deeper insight into the stunt trade.
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