I’ve had my eye on Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut project for some time, and now that comedy drama Whip It is finally hitting the big screens in the UK, we’re all in for a real treat!
We all know Drew grew up on screen and she’s been producing for ages (Donnie Darko, Charlie’s Angels, He’s Just Not That Into You). It was really only a matter of time before she ended up behind the camera.
The story she’s picked complements her girlie kick-ass personality by being set in the oestrogen-fuelled world of roller derby. It’s based on the novel Whip It by Shauna Cross, who also adapted it to the screen and is a derby player herself, causing havoc in LA under the sweet-but-mean alias Maggie Mayhem (incidentally the name of Kristen Wiig‘s character).
The story follows Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page), a 17-year-old girl who lives in smalltown Bodeen, Texas, works as a waitress at the Oink Joint (they specialise in pork…) and has to deal with her overbearing mother (Marcia Gay Harden) who insists on entering her into pageants. But Bliss knows there is more to life and sneaks off to Austin where she discovers roller derby and a different side to herself – alter ego Babe Ruthless – who is up for learning all about the dangers of rollerskating and love. All this to the wicked beat of a soundtrack
Whip It is on general release.