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The Royal Road

A bold and beautiful experimental essay film, musing on Californian history, growing up a butch dyke and loving Hitchcock’s Vertigo.


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Director Jenni Olson
Producer Julie Dorf
Screenwriter Jenni Olson
USA 2015
65 mins
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Jenni Olson’s sumptuously filmed, experimental essay film is a bold mixture: part personal memoir, part history lesson, part journey of self-discovery, which covers a vast terrain of the personal, social and historical. San Francisco’s answer to Patrick Keiller, Olson’s camera interrogates the links between being a butch dyke, a love of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, and the vital details that often get lost in considering how we interpret our own histories, and the places that we live in. It’s a film that demands to be seen on the big screen. Fresh from its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this labour of love offers a wry but insightful view of California and its many landscapes. Olson gives us a profoundly moving view of what it means to live, how we engage with people who existed before us, and the power of art and memory.

Brian Robinson

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