Patricia Arquette‘s career defining moment is not her Oscar winning performance for Boyhood, but rather that acceptance speech she made on gender rights when she got her hands on the little gold man. She’s now furthering her talents, from actress, to speech maker, to director, in her behind the camera debut in the fittingly feminist Love Canal.
Her directorial debut on the ’70s drama centers on a group of working-class housewives who live in an upstate New York neighborhood (Love Canal) where massive amounts of toxic chemicals have been dumped. With no training or support, these women took on the chemical industry, the government and the president himself in a true tale of female perseverance.
The film is based on the documentary by Will Battersby, The Canal, and has been adapted for Hollywood by Brad Desch. Safe House’s Tory Tunnell produces with Battersby, Arquette and 3 Arts’ Richard Abate. Joby Harold and Molly Madden serve as executive producers. Hannah Minghella and Shary Shirazi oversee co-production for TriStar.
Though having appeared to take some time out, Arquette has a few upcoming projects, including Escape at Dannemora with Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano, Kirsten Dunst‘s directorial debut The Bell Jar, and Toy Story 4.