Alyson and Liz Santoro (Cinematographer and Camera Operator on features and travel shows, most recently Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins for Disney +) talk about Joan is Awful (Season 6, Episode 1 of Black Mirror) and specifically the scene where the two stars of the episode, Annie Murphy (as Joan) and Salma Hayek (as herself) meet. It’s a powerful feminist scene that passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors and it’s fun to watch two women decide that instead of blaming each for this flaming pile of shit situation they find themselves in, they decide to become allies in their quest to take it all down. Alyson loved talking with longtime friend and sometime collaborator Liz (Liz shot Alyson’s feature film, Eve of Understanding) and putting their film school hats back on to dissect a scene and talk about all the things that are right about it.
Liz’s Website: https://www.lizsantoro.com/
Alyson’s Twitter and Instagram: @byalysonshelton
Alyson’s Website: www.alysonshelton.com
Creators and Guests
Alyson Shelton (she/her)
Alyson Shelton writes about women across mediums + genres. She’s written about a superpowered and multi-faceted heroine in her comic Reburn, and uncovering childhood secrets in Eve of Understanding, the award winning feature she wrote and directed. In her award winning screenplay, The Night We Met, she tackles a psychological thriller through fractured realities and self-invention. She is working on a memoir in essays and her writing has been published widely at outlets including The New York Times, Ms., The Rumpus and more. Her generalist knowledge and approach make her the perfect fit for her podcast, Fine Cut, in which she and a guest take a deep dive into one scene of the guest’s choosing. You can learn more about her through her website, www.alysonshelton.com and her Instagram @byalysonshelton where she hosts a weekly Instagram Live series inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem, Where I’m From, where she’s hosted over 100 writers and creatives.