AMPAS ’16: Marielle Heller

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here to tell you!


Marielle Heller is an American writer, director and actor who debuted her first feature film in 2015, The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Heller studied theatre at UCLA and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She is married to entertainer Jorma Taccone.

Heller wrote and directed The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 and based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s 2002 graphic novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and won the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Excerpt from FF2 Media review of The Diary of a Teenage Girl from August 6th, 2015:

Writer-director Marielle Heller lined everything up to tell the best adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s book she could, from the exact words in the screenplay right down to the hair and costume department. The Diary of a Teenage Girl is different and engaging while telling a familiar tale of a teenage girl who is finding her place in the world – a story that will never get old.

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Top Photo: Bel Powley as “Minnie” in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Photo Credits: Sam Emerson/ © Sony Pictures Classics

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