Brit Marling wrote a brilliant article for the Atlantic discussing the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Recounting her own disturbing experience with the (formerly) powerful man, she describes how she was able to find the courage to stand up and walk out of Weinstein's hotel room:
...I had entered as an actor but also as a writer/creator. Of those dual personas in me—actor and writer—it was the writer who stood up and walked out. Because the writer knew that even if this very powerful man never gave her a job in any of his films, even if he blacklisted her from other films, she could make her own work on her own terms.
It's impossible to read those words without feeling a huge amount of respect and admiration for Marling—and also for the power that lies in being a creator. The same sentiment has been expressed by writers before in times of extreme adversity. Anne Frank, for example, wrote, "I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."
Marling is most well-known as an actor, but this seems like a good chance to celebrate her specifically for her work as a screenwriter. So, here's a look at three of the major projects she has co-written:
Another Earth - 2011, co-written with Mike Cahill
Sound of My Voice - 2011, co-written with Zal Batmanglij
The AO - 2016, co-created with Zal Batmanglij