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Film Questions & Answers
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ROBINSON, DIRECTOR OF LESBIAN
SPY SPOOF D.E.B.S.
D.E.B.S. was first a short film. What gave
you the idea?
There was a girl in film school who told me
she'd been recruited by the C.I.A. due to a
secret test in the S.A.T. I didn't realise until
later that she was pulling my leg, I totally
believed her. I thought it was a funny
premise for a movie, so I drew a comic
creating the characters, and it followed how
Amy was recruited.
The film was a hit at Sundance. Were you
I was. I think it really stood out because it
was silly and fun, and different in tone than
most of the movies at Sundance.
How did the feature get off the ground?
Power Up, the lesbian organisation that
funded the short film of D.E.B.S. gave a
gala that Larry Kennar, executive producer
of The L Word attended. He saw the short
and loved it. He assaulted me in the lobby
and said we had to work together, and I
started working with him the next day.
Larry brought the short and the feature
script to Sony's Screen Gems [who] loved
the script and the project and gave us the
green light in our first meeting.
How has the cinematic representation of
lesbians changed in the last few years?
There has been a much wider range of
lesbian representation. I think it comes with
greater acceptance of gay characters and
images in general. I was surprised at the
enthusiastic response to the script from
young actresses; most of them weren't
worried about playing a lesbian character at
all, they were just excited there were 5 great
roles for women in the script, which is rare.
Describe working with a young
The cast was awesome. I was happy
because they were badd-asses, but mostly
they were all incredibly funny. I think
young women don't get to play comedy
very often, so I was psyched to work with
them. They each brought something
incredibly different to their characters.
How difficult was it to cast the roles of
It was hard to cast Amy and Lucy because I
wanted an interesting couple. I saw a lot of
actresses, but everybody started looking the
same. Then I came across Sara Foster and
Jordana Brewster and thought they made an
excellent couple. They were obviously both
beautiful, but they both had a really goofy
sense of humour, and a great chemistry.
Any issues on their behalf in regards of
the portrayal of lesbianism?
They were both really comfortable playing
lesbian characters. They just wanted to
make sure the portrayal of the love story
How much of your own sensibility is in
A ton. My friends make fun of me because I
basically sit around on set and laugh at my
own jokes. I wrote, directed, and edited the
movie, so it's actually very personal.
Holland Taylor nearly steals the film, was
Holland Taylor is a genius. I originally
wrote the role of Ms Petrie as a man's part,
but then I met her (at Power Up), and she
was such an incredible diva, I went home
and rewrote the part for her. Then, when we
were casting, I sent her a note telling her I
wrote the part for her, and she accepted the
role. She's awesome!
How have lesbians in the U.S. responded
to this film?
They pretty much love it.
Any negative responses from the Right
regarding the positive portrayal of young
Not yet. But it's early. D.E.B.S. will be
released in US theatres on March 25. e
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