At a time when female directors are scarce and really teeny yet smart movies are, according to Maggie Gyllenhaal, "not financeable right now," Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha has managed to make a really darling-looking film about the vagaries of being a 14-year-old-girl. Chadha's new movie, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is based on a best-selling YA book, and Chadha used Molly Ringwald's character in Sixteen Candles as a template for her heroine, the fictional Georgia Nicolson. Through this film, Chadha tells the Telegraph, she hopes to "instill confidence in [her young female fans], a sense of self-appreciation - to make them feel they can be spirited and say what they feel." The wholly endearing trailer, full of girls who look like normal teens and not over-rouged Bratz, is after the jump.
Gurinder Chadha Talks About Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging [Telegraph]
Maggie Gyllenhaal Interview [AV Club]