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《我是女人》:一部关于海伦•瑞迪及其成名曲的自传电影

《我是女人》:一部关于海伦•瑞迪及其成名曲的自传电影

Radhika Marya 2020年09月27日
影片讲述了瑞迪在20世纪60年代作为单身母亲前往美国的故事,在发表成名曲成为明星前经历了种种困难,以及她与前夫沃尔德之间分分合合的感情。

海伦•瑞迪的经典曲目《我是女人》(I Am Woman)可谓是20世纪70年代女性解放运动的非官方主题曲。这首歌曾经荣登各大排行榜榜首,也让海伦•瑞迪在1972年获得格莱美最佳流行女歌手奖。

现在,《我是女人》这首歌和瑞迪之间的故事被改编为同名自传电影,从9月11日起可通过视频平台观看。这部影片由恩朱•穆恩指导,由蒂尔达•格哈姆•哈维饰演海伦•瑞迪,由埃文•彼得斯(曾经出演过《美国恐怖故事》)饰演瑞迪的前夫兼经纪人杰夫•沃尔德,由丹妮尔•麦克唐纳(曾经出演过电影《帕蒂蛋糕$》和《饺子公主》)饰演瑞迪的朋友兼记者莉莲•罗森。

“海伦•瑞迪的故事太棒了,她的故事竟然从未被搬上大荧幕。”格哈姆•哈维对《财富》杂志说,“在看剧本前我就知道《我是女人》这首歌,也听过海伦•瑞迪这个名字,但对她的生平不是非常了解。”

格哈姆•哈维查找了关于海伦•瑞迪的资料,读了她的自传《The Women I Am》,看了她的访谈和表演,直到电影拍摄尾声才与瑞迪本人见面。为了在电影中更好地捕捉到瑞迪的特质,格哈姆•哈维接受了关于声音和举止的辅导,甚至上了关于呼吸的培训课,让自己“像歌手一样呼吸”。

“在拍摄当天我是真唱的,虽然我的歌声没有被收录在影片中。”她解释道。

蒂尔达•格哈姆•哈维在自传电影《我是女人》中饰演海伦•瑞迪。图片来源:Lisa Tomasetti—Courtesy of Quiver Distribution

虽然格哈姆•哈维和海伦•瑞迪同来自澳大利亚,但想要模仿瑞迪讲话的口吻并不简单。

“她有着那个年代特有的口音,说话的韵律也很特别,模仿起来非常具有挑战性。”她说,“虽然我们都是澳大利亚人,但模仿她说话像学习另一种口音。”

穆恩在前些年与瑞迪接触过一段时间,因此她也能够为演员们提供一些帮助。

“在开始创作剧本前,我经常和海伦在一起。”穆恩说。她们一起散步、吃午饭、旅行。在开始创作剧本后,瑞迪和她的家人与电影拍摄人员们有了很多接触。

“我想让瑞迪知道,我们并不是拍一部纪录片。”穆恩说,“但我也对她说了:‘海伦,我一定在影片中展示出你的精神、你的过往,以及你的音乐给人们带来的影响。’”

影片讲述了瑞迪在20世纪60年代作为单身母亲前往美国的故事,在发表成名曲成为明星前经历了种种困难,以及她与前夫沃尔德之间分分合合的感情。还讲述了她与好朋友罗克森之间的故事,罗森是一位定居在美国的澳大利亚人,她在1969年出版过《莉莲•罗森的摇滚百科》(Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia)。格哈姆•哈维将电影中两人之间的友情称之为“另一种爱情”,拍摄这两个女人的故事是“电影拍摄过程中很美好的经历”。

刚好麦克唐纳和两位闺蜜住在一起,特别是在新冠疫情封锁隔离期间,这是件非常幸运的事,因此她对影片中描述的闺蜜情谊非常能感同身受,

“我很高兴能够看到如此令人震撼的友情可以呈现在大屏幕上,这让我似乎也看到了自己。从她们之间的友情中我们会学到很多,让自己变得更加成熟。”她说。

电影《我是女人》中,由格哈姆•哈维饰演的海伦•瑞迪(左)和由丹妮尔•麦克唐纳饰演的莉莲•罗森。图片来源:Lisa Tomasetti—Courtesy of Quiver Distribution

由麦克唐纳饰演的罗森与她以往饰演的很多角色大相径庭,虽然过往饰演过的角色也具有女强人特质。

“这个人物是有一定年纪的,她在那个阶段已经想通了很多事。”麦克唐纳说。她在过往饰演的角色大多处于走向成熟的阶段。“莉莲是一个很直率的人,她总是信心满满、直言直语,她是纽约地下摇滚圈的女王。”

“她坦率而忠于内心,非常了解自己。”她继续说道,“在饰演这个角色时既觉得有趣又感到害怕,因为我觉得我在尝试看清一些东西。莉莲可以洞察一切,而‘我还差得很远’。能够发现这一点就很有趣,这个过程也很令人享受。”

虽然这部电影主要讲述了瑞迪在美国生活中很重要的一段时期,但整部电影基本由澳大利亚班底拍摄,并且基本在澳大利亚拍摄,仅有几天是在洛杉矶拍摄。

穆恩生活在美国,而其它拍摄团队成员也走访过美国,了解美国一些特别的建筑和场景。因此他们最终能够通过各种方式重新打造过往的美国及某些美国城市的样子。

海伦•瑞迪(由格哈姆•哈维饰演)从澳大利亚来到美国追逐自己的明星梦。图片来源:Lisa Tomasetti—Courtesy of Quiver Distribution

“我们在澳大利亚悉尼拍摄大街小巷、市内郊区,试图打造出一个美国的景象。很多美国人根本不知道这部电影是在澳大利亚拍摄的。”穆恩还补充说道,拍摄中最大的难题是尽量不要穿帮,不要让人发现澳大利亚的鸟。“这的确是个难题。你想要拍出身在洛杉矶的效果,而背景中有一只澳大利亚的笑翠鸟。”

麦克唐纳在美国定居,经常和美国制作团队一起工作,对她而言,在澳大利亚拍摄电影是一种福利。“我心目中的美国与澳大利亚合二为一了。”她的美国朋友在她在澳大利亚拍摄电影时拜访了她。“我过去经常在美国拍电影,但这是我首次在我的家乡拍摄,我的家人会来现场看我。”我生活过的两种世界混合在一起——生活和艺术表达交织在一起,这是如此地特别。

穆恩认为瑞迪的生平是很“经典的澳大利亚人故事”,很多澳大利亚人心怀梦想,背井离乡来到好莱坞。“她是第一个这样做的澳大利亚人,为后来者铺平了道路。”穆恩说。

演员们认为,瑞恩的故事也与当今的女性有关。

“我们应该关注那些女性前辈,她们曾经付出过很多才得到了一定的成就。”格哈姆•哈维说,“如果不是有像海伦这样敢于拼搏的女性,就不会有现在的‘Me Too’和‘Time’s Up’这样的行动,让我们的生活充满了可能性。”

“当我们回看过去,会从中学到很多东西,获得很多鼓舞。”麦克唐纳说,“在我拍摄电影期间,我能够感受到:‘我更想被人们听到我的声音,更想表达我自己。’”

“我希望影片的观众也可以感受到同样的力量。”(财富中文网)

从9月11日起,电影《我是女人》可以在视频平台观看。

译者:杨超

海伦•瑞迪的经典曲目《我是女人》(I Am Woman)可谓是20世纪70年代女性解放运动的非官方主题曲。这首歌曾经荣登各大排行榜榜首,也让海伦•瑞迪在1972年获得格莱美最佳流行女歌手奖。

现在,《我是女人》这首歌和瑞迪之间的故事被改编为同名自传电影,从9月11日起可通过视频平台观看。这部影片由恩朱•穆恩指导,由蒂尔达•格哈姆•哈维饰演海伦•瑞迪,由埃文•彼得斯(曾经出演过《美国恐怖故事》)饰演瑞迪的前夫兼经纪人杰夫•沃尔德,由丹妮尔•麦克唐纳(曾经出演过电影《帕蒂蛋糕$》和《饺子公主》)饰演瑞迪的朋友兼记者莉莲•罗森。

“海伦•瑞迪的故事太棒了,她的故事竟然从未被搬上大荧幕。”格哈姆•哈维对《财富》杂志说,“在看剧本前我就知道《我是女人》这首歌,也听过海伦•瑞迪这个名字,但对她的生平不是非常了解。”

格哈姆•哈维查找了关于海伦•瑞迪的资料,读了她的自传《The Women I Am》,看了她的访谈和表演,直到电影拍摄尾声才与瑞迪本人见面。为了在电影中更好地捕捉到瑞迪的特质,格哈姆•哈维接受了关于声音和举止的辅导,甚至上了关于呼吸的培训课,让自己“像歌手一样呼吸”。

“在拍摄当天我是真唱的,虽然我的歌声没有被收录在影片中。”她解释道。

虽然格哈姆•哈维和海伦•瑞迪同来自澳大利亚,但想要模仿瑞迪讲话的口吻并不简单。

“她有着那个年代特有的口音,说话的韵律也很特别,模仿起来非常具有挑战性。”她说,“虽然我们都是澳大利亚人,但模仿她说话像学习另一种口音。”

穆恩在前些年与瑞迪接触过一段时间,因此她也能够为演员们提供一些帮助。

“在开始创作剧本前,我经常和海伦在一起。”穆恩说。她们一起散步、吃午饭、旅行。在开始创作剧本后,瑞迪和她的家人与电影拍摄人员们有了很多接触。

“我想让瑞迪知道,我们并不是拍一部纪录片。”穆恩说,“但我也对她说了:‘海伦,我一定在影片中展示出你的精神、你的过往,以及你的音乐给人们带来的影响。’”

影片讲述了瑞迪在20世纪60年代作为单身母亲前往美国的故事,在发表成名曲成为明星前经历了种种困难,以及她与前夫沃尔德之间分分合合的感情。还讲述了她与好朋友罗克森之间的故事,罗森是一位定居在美国的澳大利亚人,她在1969年出版过《莉莲•罗森的摇滚百科》(Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia)。格哈姆•哈维将电影中两人之间的友情称之为“另一种爱情”,拍摄这两个女人的故事是“电影拍摄过程中很美好的经历”。

刚好麦克唐纳和两位闺蜜住在一起,特别是在新冠疫情封锁隔离期间,这是件非常幸运的事,因此她对影片中描述的闺蜜情谊非常能感同身受,

“我很高兴能够看到如此令人震撼的友情可以呈现在大屏幕上,这让我似乎也看到了自己。从她们之间的友情中我们会学到很多,让自己变得更加成熟。”她说。

由麦克唐纳饰演的罗森与她以往饰演的很多角色大相径庭,虽然过往饰演过的角色也具有女强人特质。

“这个人物是有一定年纪的,她在那个阶段已经想通了很多事。”麦克唐纳说。她在过往饰演的角色大多处于走向成熟的阶段。“莉莲是一个很直率的人,她总是信心满满、直言直语,她是纽约地下摇滚圈的女王。”

“她坦率而忠于内心,非常了解自己。”她继续说道,“在饰演这个角色时既觉得有趣又感到害怕,因为我觉得我在尝试看清一些东西。莉莲可以洞察一切,而‘我还差得很远’。能够发现这一点就很有趣,这个过程也很令人享受。”

虽然这部电影主要讲述了瑞迪在美国生活中很重要的一段时期,但整部电影基本由澳大利亚班底拍摄,并且基本在澳大利亚拍摄,仅有几天是在洛杉矶拍摄。

穆恩生活在美国,而其它拍摄团队成员也走访过美国,了解美国一些特别的建筑和场景。因此他们最终能够通过各种方式重新打造过往的美国及某些美国城市的样子。

“我们在澳大利亚悉尼拍摄大街小巷、市内郊区,试图打造出一个美国的景象。很多美国人根本不知道这部电影是在澳大利亚拍摄的。”穆恩还补充说道,拍摄中最大的难题是尽量不要穿帮,不要让人发现澳大利亚的鸟。“这的确是个难题。你想要拍出身在洛杉矶的效果,而背景中有一只澳大利亚的笑翠鸟。”

麦克唐纳在美国定居,经常和美国制作团队一起工作,对她而言,在澳大利亚拍摄电影是一种福利。“我心目中的美国与澳大利亚合二为一了。”她的美国朋友在她在澳大利亚拍摄电影时拜访了她。“我过去经常在美国拍电影,但这是我首次在我的家乡拍摄,我的家人会来现场看我。”我生活过的两种世界混合在一起——生活和艺术表达交织在一起,这是如此地特别。

穆恩认为瑞迪的生平是很“经典的澳大利亚人故事”,很多澳大利亚人心怀梦想,背井离乡来到好莱坞。“她是第一个这样做的澳大利亚人,为后来者铺平了道路。”穆恩说。

演员们认为,瑞恩的故事也与当今的女性有关。

“我们应该关注那些女性前辈,她们曾经付出过很多才得到了一定的成就。”格哈姆•哈维说,“如果不是有像海伦这样敢于拼搏的女性,就不会有现在的‘Me Too’和‘Time’s Up’这样的行动,让我们的生活充满了可能性。”

“当我们回看过去,会从中学到很多东西,获得很多鼓舞。”麦克唐纳说,“在我拍摄电影期间,我能够感受到:‘我更想被人们听到我的声音,更想表达我自己。’”

“我希望影片的观众也可以感受到同样的力量。”(财富中文网)

从9月11日起,电影《我是女人》可以在视频平台观看。

译者:杨超

Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” was the unofficial anthem of the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s. It was a chart-topping hit that earned the singer a Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Grammy award in 1972.

Now the song and Reddy’s story are at the center of a new biopic, I Am Woman, which will be available to watch via video on demand Sept. 11. Directed by Unjoo Moon, the film stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey as the singer, Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Reddy’s former husband and manager Jeff Wald, and Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$, Dumplin’) as Reddy’s friend, journalist Lillian Roxon.

“It’s such an extraordinary story. I was just so shocked that a movie hadn’t been made about her,” Cobham-Hervey tells Fortune. “Before I read the script, I knew the song ‘I Am Woman’; I knew the name Helen Reddy, but I did not know much about her life.”

Cobham-Hervey, who only met Reddy toward the end of filming, researched the singer by reading her autobiography The Woman I Am, looking up materials online, and watching old interviews and performances. She also worked with voice and movement coaches to make sure she captured the right energy while portraying Reddy on film, even taking a lesson with a breathing coach “to breathe like a singer.”

“I sang live on the day, even though my [singing] voice isn’t in the film,” she explains.

Though Cobham-Hervey is Australian, just like the singer, imitating Reddy’s speech patterns wasn’t the easiest task.

“She has such a particular accent of that time and such particular rhythm to her voice that in some ways, that was very challenging,” she says. “It really felt like doing an accent even though we’re both Australian.”

Moon, who had spent time with Reddy in previous years, also served as something of a resource to the actors.

“I spent a lot of time with Helen even before we started writing the script,” says Moon, adding that they’d go for walks, get lunch together, and that she was able to join Reddy during something of a revival tour. Once the scriptwriting process began, Reddy and her family left it to the filmmakers.

“I was really able to let her know that I wasn’t going to be making a documentary,” Moon says. “But I did say to her, ‘Helen, I absolutely promise you that I will honor the spirit of who you are, the life that you have, and the impact that your music has had on people.’”

The film details Reddy’s move to the U.S. as a single mother in the 1960s, the struggles she encountered before recording her hit tune and becoming a star, and the volatile relationship she had with Wald. It also depicts her friendship with Roxon, a fellow Australian living stateside and the writer of the groundbreaking Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia, which was published in 1969. Cobham-Hervey describes the friendship as “the other love story” in the movie, saying that doing the scenes involving the two women was a “lovely part of the filmmaking experience.”

Macdonald, who happens to live with two of her “best girlfriends”—which she describes as a lucky situation amid pandemic-related lockdowns and quarantines—feels the same way.

“I love that we get to see how impactful friendships are on-screen and what it does for us, and how we learn and grow from them,” she says.

For Macdonald, playing Roxon was something of a departure from her other roles, even though those parts have also involved portraying strong female characters.

“She’s a little older, so she kind of just seems to have it a little bit more figured out,” Macdonald says, adding that other characters she’s played often seem to be on a journey of growth. “With Lillian—she has it in spades. She was confident, she was outspoken, she was kind of the queen of the underground New York rock music scene.

“She really just kind of owned it, owned herself, knew herself,” she continues. “And that was fun to play and also kind of scary to play because I still feel like I’m trying to figure it out. Lillian just seems like she knows it all, and I’m like, ‘I’m still not there yet.’ But it was fun to bring that out and just relax into it.”

Though the film follows a significant period of Reddy’s life in the U.S., it is very much an Australian production through and through—and was filmed in Australia as well, with the exception of a couple of days in Los Angeles.

Moon has lived in the U.S. herself, and other members of the filmmaking team had also spent time there and grown familiar with particular architecture and settings, so they were ultimately able to find ways to re-create previous eras of the U.S., as well as certain cities.

“We pretty much shot through all the streets and suburbs of Sydney, Australia, to re-create America. It’s interesting because a lot of Americans have no idea we shot in Australia,” Moon says, adding that one major obstacle—though the crew found ways to cut around them—involved Australian birds. “I mean that was super annoying. Because you’re supposed to be in Los Angeles and suddenly you’ve got a kookaburra in the background.”

Making the movie in Australia was something of a treat for Macdonald, who has been living in the U.S. and working on American productions. “My America and my Australia collided,” she says, while mentioning that her American friends visited her while she was on set in Australia. “I’m only used to filming in the States. So this is the first time filming at home, and my family was on set. It really felt like a melding of my two worlds—life was imitating art there for sure, and it felt special.”

Moon describes Reddy’s story as “quintessentially Australian,” pointing to Australians who leave home and go to Hollywood with big dreams. “She was the first and paved the way,” Moon says.

It’s also a story that has relevance to women today, the actors say.

“I think it’s a really important thing to just look back at the women that came before us and celebrate all that they did,” says Cobham-Hervey. “I don’t think that we’d have things like the Me Too movement and the Time’s Up movement if it wasn’t for people like Helen who fought for things that have made my life possible, the way it is today.”

“It’s kind of amazing to see our past and our history and learn from it,” says Macdonald. “I felt inspired. When I was doing the film, I was like, ‘Yes, this makes me want to be vocal. This makes me want to speak up.’

“I hope that people get that feeling out of it.”

I Am Woman is available to watch on VOD starting Sept. 11.

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