How to Build a Girl
Directed by: Coky Giedroyc
UK, 2019, 102m
Southeast Premiere/2nd US Screening
Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart, Lady Bird) is a 16-year-old extrovert in 1990s Wolverhampton, England, with raging hormones and gigantic dreams. Even though she loves her big, boisterous family, Johanna yearns to get out and make a name for herself—which she does, reinventing herself as a flamboyantly mean and feared music journalist, Dolly Wilde. But as her critical savagery brings her greater and greater success, the lines between Johanna Morrigan and Dolly Wilde begin to blur. She has finally figured out how to build a girl—but is this the girl she wanted to build? Based on Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel, How to Build a Girl is a giddy fusion of coming-of-age comedy and rock ‘n’ roll debauchery. Boasting wonderful supporting turns and memorable cameos from Alfie Allen, Paddy Considine, Emma Thompson, and Chris O’Dowd, this irreverent and cautionary tale about growing up too fast charts a sweet, geeky teenage girl’s meteoric rise to music critic infamy, but at what cost?