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The Den Of Geek interview: Rachel Talalay

The disputes. The acrimony. The Spice Girls and Avril Lavigne! The director of Tank Girl talks with us at length about the project she would like to re-make...

Rachel Talalay directs Lori Petty in Tank Girl (top left).

Rachel Talalay began her movie career as production assistant and production manager on films such as Android (1982), and John Waters’ Polyester (1981). Her association with Waters would lead her to further work as producer on his films Hairspray (1988) and Cry Baby (1990), whilst her early work on Wes Craven’s Nightmare On Elm Street franchise culminated in her directing Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare in 1991.

Entranced in the early 1990s by the post-apocalyptic heroine of English comic artist Jamie Hewlett’s Tank Girl series (co-created with Alan Martin), Talalay fought to bring the anarchic character to life on the big screen, finally securing a $25 million budget from MGM. The level of studio interference in post-production and the opprobrium of Tank Girl comic fans at the resulting movie makes the film/comic debate one that can still be ignited at a moment’s notice in movie forums everywhere. Personally I’m a huge fan of the film, and I guess Rachel thought it would be cheaper to talk to me than get a restraining order against my endless requests for a chat…

Do you meet many Tank Girl movie fans as rabid about the film as I am?

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