Catherine Hardwicke / GB, US, 2003 / 100 min.
13-year old Tracey becomes friends with the school’s most popular girl and is drawn into a world of sex, violence and drugs. Thirteen’s structure is so solid and the film feels authentic, raw and realistic from start to finish.
13-year-old Tracy has a tough home life. Her mother Melanie (Holly Hunter) is a recovering alcoholic and her father is absent. Tracy is a knowledge-hungry high school student, but everything changes when she falls under the spell of rebellious Evie (Nikki Reed). Stealing, drugs, and sexual experimentation with much older boys are the basis of their explosive relationship – one that becomes as emotionally dissatisfying as that with her parents.
For every film completed, dozens of potential films fall by the wayside and never make it onto the big screen. In the VR experience Missing Pictures, Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Naomi Kawase, and Lee Myung-Se give us a guided tour of a story they were not able to tell.
Annefleur Schipper on Catherine Hardwicke
Well-known film buffs each watched one episode from the VR Missing Pictures and now reflect on the filmmaker and their never-made film – or on what they did make after all. Media maker and film scientist Annefleur Schipper, known for the podcast De Lesbische Liga and television show Khalid & Sophie, writes about Catherine Hardwicke, a maker she got to know on her thirteenth birthday when she wanted to watch the romcom 13 Going on 30 with her girlfriends, but accidentally dished up Thirteen. The video rental store had mistakenly put the VHS tapes in the wrong sleeves.
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