Actors turning directors is usually something to be excited about, for I believe that intelligent actors can use what they have learnt in front of the cameras to build a better movie when they are handed the directing duties. There is all the more reason to be pleased when a female actor decides to move behind the cameras, for even now, there are limited female directors calling the shots. One of the most recent actor-turned-director that we have seen is Angelina Jolie. And joining this group now is Katie Holmes.
The Dawson’s Creek star has picked up the debut novel of Annie Weatherwax, titled All We Had, for her debut as a director. All We Had is the story about the relationship between a teenage daughter and her struggling single mother. To quote from Amazon, “The stunning debut novel from sculptor and painter Annie Weatherwax, a wry and sharply observed portrait of a gritty mother and daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small town America.” So this one appears to have a serious drama plot, where getting the perfect characterisations of the folks in the story would be much important. With no experience in making a full-length feature film, Katie Holmes has her work cut out for this. It is difficult to gauge how ably she would do justice to the source material, as there is no prior work on which we can judge her. As an actress, Holmes has faded away a bit in recent years. She was part of The Giver this year, though not much of her work has left an impression after she played Rachel Dawes in 2005’s Batman Begins. But sometimes one’s calling is behind the cameras, ask Ben Affleck about this, and maybe Katie Holmes can manage a more successful career as a director than as an actor.
To begin with, let’s see how much we have been told about All We Had. Needless to say, this film will also star Katie Holmes in the lead role of the mother. I am not a great fan of Holmes’ acting, but at times an actor turned director can manage to get the best out of him or her as an actor while directing. The script is going to be penned by none other than Josh Boone; that name now gives so much confidence after the wonderful The Fault In Our Stars. While Boone had not been credited as a writer for the Shailene Woodley film (but only as a director), he has written the screenplay for Stuck in Love of 2012. Jane Rosenthal will be producing the flick, and she’s an experience pro unlike the other two, having produced a number of flicks including the likes of Meet the Parents.
All We Had has arrived very recently in the bookstores, just about a month back. So there ain’t a big fan base too, at least as of now. It is thus going to be quite a challenge for Katie Holmes, handling her first movie as a director based on a book that hasn’t been read by the masses. The production budget is likely to be limited for this one, which could raise newer hurdles for Holmes. But Holmes is buoyant about her venture into directing, and she goes on to say,
I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with Jane and Josh on this project and look so forward to bringing Annie’s incredible characters to the screen.
Ain’t nothing new in the statement, but then creative interviews do not make a movie brilliant. Katie Holmes is bound to face some tough challenges along her journey as a director, and if she manages to come out on the other side, stronger and experienced, then there would very well be another female director who could be a role model for so many!