POSTED March 27 2015

Desperately Seeking Susan at 30

Rosanna and Madonna

Rosanna and Madonna

Jonathan Demme liked the script and wanted to cast Diane Keaton as the drifter, Susan. Then producers Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford saw Smithereens, Susan Seidelman’s debut feature, and tapped her to direct. During the casting process Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Barbra Streisand were considered as Roberta (the role that ultimately went to Rosanna Arquette). Ellen Barkin, Melanie Griffith and others were thought of as possible Susans. Seidelman wanted Madonna, who had released her first album, but wasn’t known outside dance clubs and MTV. Oh, why don’t you just read this oral history┬áto find out about the casting and production process and the studio that wanted to market this movie like Purple Rain?

And while you’re reading, can you think of another movie made since 1985 that had female producers, director, screenwriter and leads?

one comment

  1. Great film. Loved the writing, direction, casting and everything else about it. It’s too bad we see few women-driven films of this caliber anymore. The Film Springs ( is a new resource that promotes such feature projects, so if you know of anyone with a good script, or a filmmaker seeking this material, please have them stop by.

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