The Gold Diggers
Filmfest 2008

Experimental feminist drama. A musical adventure about two women searching for information. One of the women works in a bank and is investigating the nature of money and gold and their relation to imperialism. The other woman is the daughter of a gold rush entertainer, chasing her own memories. Their quests increasingly converge. Thriller's success brought Potter the opportunity to direct her first 35mm feature film, The Gold Diggers, funded by the British Film Institute and Channel 4. Like Thriller, which draws a distinction between the romantic bohemian poverty of Rodolfo, hero of Puccini's opera, and the less glamorous poverty of seamstresses like Mimi, The Gold Diggers explores the relationship between economics and money on the one hand and women as icons and exchange objects on the other. The film involved an all-female crew and cast, including Julie Christie as the iconic woman, the star. Stunningly shot in black-and-white by Babette Mangolte, it includes numerous references to the history of cinema, from D.W. Griffith to David Lean via the Hollywood musical. The British Film Institute, archive

tags: Feature film

Cast: Julie Christie, Colette Laffont, Hilary Westlake, David Gale


Director: Sally Potter