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When Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) leaves her conservative, rich family to live in New York in the mid 60s, she meets pop culture icon Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce) at an exhibition. She becomes his muse, entering into the wild world of the Factory, the former downtown hat factory he transforms into a bohemian, creative studio. Underground movies are made by day and parties rage all night. Sedgwick becomes the darling of the media and falls in love with rock star Billy Quinn (Hayden Christensen), with whom she has a short-lived affair. She is caught up in the downward spiral of drug dependency and ends up rejected by both men.

Review by Louise Keller:
Edie Sedgwick is a poor little rich girl with an obnoxious family and a vulnerable frailty that endeared her to the world. When she meets Andy Warhol in the 60s at one of his exhibitions, she is drawn to him, just as he is to her. They become playmates, sharing intimacies and she begins to hang out in his 'factory', where he shoots his movies (often called pornographic). At times fascinating, at others tedious, Factory Girl canvases the tragic life of New York's IT girl, the first to become famous for not doing much. Sienna Miller is compelling and effervescent in the title role, offering a nice mix of rebellion and victimisation, while Guy Pearce's pale-faced, detached Warhol leaves an impressive imprint of an unforgettable icon.

Andy is 'a little boy who needed taking care of,' Sedgwick says. As Sedgwick becomes part of Warhol's factory scene, the film canvases the good times, the bad and her love affair with Hayden Christensen's rock-star Billy Quinn, of which Warhol is obsessively jealous. Quinn is everything Warhol is not; he is her first and only true love. Warhol, meanwhile, becomes a bloodsucker, and Sedgwick becomes broke and dependent on drugs. Speed is the rocket fuel to keep her up; heroin is the means to come down. Life is a perpetual party and Sedgwick is happy to lose herself in it.

As a bio-pic, Factory Girl is limited, but as a snapshot of Sedgwick and Warhol's fiery relationship, there is much to fascinate us. The superficial is countered with the profound, explained when Sedgwick says why she cannot look at a happy family photo without wondering what sadness lies beneath the façade.

DVD special features include red carpet footage (with interviews), a behind the scenes documentary, an insight into Edie Sedgwick's life and Guy Pearce's video diary.

Published August 15, 2007

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(US, 2006)

CAST: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Huston, Armin Amiri

PRODUCER: Malcolm Petal, Morris Bart, Kimberly C. Anderson, Holly Wiersma, Aaron Richard Golub

DIRECTOR: George Hickenlooper

SCRIPT: Captain Mauzner (story by Simon Monjack & Aaron Richard Golub)


EDITOR: Dana E. Glauberman, Michael Levine

MUSIC: Edward Shearmur


RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 21, 2007 (Melbourne only)

PRESENTATION: widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: An Insight into Edie Sedgwick's life; Guy Pearce's Video Diary; Making Factory Girl; on the red carpet

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: August 15, 2007

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