For Interesting, Intelligent, Complicated Women: An Interview with Tammy Riley-Smith

Absolutely FANTASTIC. Best interview I’ve read in a year; I was very moved by the director’s honesty. And Mary Jo Watts is a wonderfully intuitive, cleaver and decisive interviewer.


by Mary Jo Watts

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 9.17.54 PM Tammy Riley-Smith directing Louise Brealey on the set of Delicious. Used with permission.

Delicious, is an extreme rarity. It’s a micro-budget independent film written, directed, and co-produced by a woman, Tammy Riley-Smith, starring a woman, Louise Brealey, about a woman named Stella who suffers from an eating disorder.

In 2013 only 6% of the directors of the top 250 films were women. A paltry 11% of readily identifiable protagonists in those films were women.

The interview that follows is largely about a film that both Tammy (obviously) and I both know well. Before you read further, I strongly encourage you watch Delicious. I’ve included a plot summary of the film below, but fair warning: it’s full of spoilers!


Delicious Plot Summary

Following his mother’s death, aspiring French cook Jacques (Nico Rogner

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