Oscar-winner Casey Affleck wrote, directed and stars in Light of My Life, a film that is essentially a father-daughter survival story set in the near future where a mysterious plague has killed off nearly all the women, creating a dangerous gender imbalance.
I talk to Casey about his writing process, why he doesn’t consider himself a screenwriter and the great advice he got from Kenneth Lonergan, writer of Manchester By the Sea.
In Light of My Life, Casey plays the father of an 11-year old girl called Rag, played beautifully by newcomer Anna Pniowsky. To keep his daughter safe he makes her dress as a boy, but it’s only a matter of time before she won’t be able to hide her gender any longer.
This movie is a fantastic, slow-burn indie film and will have you on the edge of your seat during its heart-stopping climax.
Light of My Life opens August 9th.
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Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for SheKnows.com. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards
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