Short Western Film “The Good-Time Girls”

Short Film – Well, this is a different film for me to promote – a Western. While out of my normal media genre, I thought it was a very well done film. This short (15:25) film was written and directed by a woman, Courtney Hoffman, and features women, Laura Dern, Garret Hedlund, and Alia Shawkat, in the lead roles. The film was produced by Refinery29 and is part of an effort to bring more women into film making.

This film was published in early August 2017 on Vimeo. The story tends towards the ‘R’ rating due to Violence and Mature Situations, but it was enjoyable. As so often with a Western, the core of the plot is revenge – in this case revenge by the ‘good-time girls’ on a gang that wrecked their lives. From the Vimeo page:

The Good Time Girls is Courtney Hoffman’s take on the classic Western. But unlike the films of Sergio Leone and John Ford, women are at the heart of the film.

Women accounted for only 13% of the directors on the 700 top grossing films in 2014 — and only 7% of the top 250 films. Refinery29 wants to change this by giving 12 female directors a chance to claim their power. Our message to Hollywood? You can’t win without women.


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