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Maggie Gyllenhaal directs herself in dark thriller 'Violent Femmes' for cover shoot


She has received critical acclaim for her directorial debut The Lost Daughter. 

And Maggie Gyllenhaal stepped into the producer’s chair once again for W Magazine’s Volume 2, The Directors Issue photoshoot for their March magazine. 

Set for release on March 8, the actress, 44, was every inch the Hollywood chameleon as she transformed into a range of characters for her thriller named Violent Femmes. 

Action! Maggie Gyllenhaal stepped into the producer's chair once again for W Magazine's Volume 2, The Directors Issue photoshoot for their March magazine

Action! Maggie Gyllenhaal stepped into the producer’s chair once again for W Magazine’s Volume 2, The Directors Issue photoshoot for their March magazine

Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, the influences for Gyllenhaal’s sharp-edged character ranges from Sean Young in Blade Runner to Blue Velvet’s Isabella Rossellini and The Hunger’s Catherine Deneuve.  

Maggie transformed from a glamorous faux-fur wearing lady into a bloodied and revengeful woman for the dramatic shoot.

The Hollywood icon recreated one picture which bore striking similarities to Catherine’s Lady Miriam as she lured her prey in for a kiss. 

Drama: Set for release on March 8, the actress, 44, was every inch the Hollywood chameleon as she transformed into a range of characters for her thriller named Violent Femmes

Drama: Set for release on March 8, the actress, 44, was every inch the Hollywood chameleon as she transformed into a range of characters for her thriller named Violent Femmes

Glam: Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, the influences for Gyllenhaal's sharp-edged character includes The Hunger's Catherine Deneuve

Pictured: The Hunger's Catherine Deneuve

Glam: Photographed by Willy Vanderperre, the influences for Gyllenhaal’s sharp-edged character includes The Hunger’s Catherine Deneuve (pictured left) 

Story-telling: Maggie transformed from a glamorous faux-fur wearing lady into a bloodied and revengeful woman for the dramatic shoot

Story-telling: Maggie transformed from a glamorous faux-fur wearing lady into a bloodied and revengeful woman for the dramatic shoot

Femme fatale: Maggie recreated one picture that bore striking similarities to Catherine's Lady Miriam as she lured her prey in for a kiss

Femme fatale: Maggie recreated one picture that bore striking similarities to Catherine’s Lady Miriam as she lured her prey in for a kiss 

Gory: Lady Miriam is a vampire who survives drinking the blood of her lovers (pictured Catherine in the 1983 film)

Gory: Lady Miriam is a vampire who survives drinking the blood of her lovers (pictured Catherine in the 1983 film) 

Other black and white photos showed Maggie showcasing her incredible figure in a black studded dress before slipping into a trench coat and donning a netted fascinator.  

In the issue, Maggie discussed her role as a first-time director for The Lost Daughter and her vision for bringing Elena Ferrante’s novel to the screen.

The film is a psychological drama film written and directed by Maggie, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Elena. 

The film stars Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Paul Mescal, Dagmara Domińczyk, Jack Farthing, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, with Peter Sarsgaard, and Ed Harris. 

Gorgeous: Other black and white photos showed Maggie showcasing her incredible figure in a black studded dress

Gorgeous: Other black and white photos showed Maggie showcasing her incredible figure in a black studded dress

Role model: In the issue, Maggie discussed her role as a first-time director for The Lost Daughter and her vision for bringing Elena Ferrante’s novel to the screen

Role model: In the issue, Maggie discussed her role as a first-time director for The Lost Daughter and her vision for bringing Elena Ferrante’s novel to the screen

Drama: The film is a psychological drama film that was written and directed by Maggie, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Elena

Drama: The film is a psychological drama film that was written and directed by Maggie, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Elena

Discussing the overwhelming reaction received around her directorial debut, the actress said: ‘I think people respond to being told the truth, especially about something taboo.

‘I had never seen so many of these feelings, not just about mothering, but about being a woman, expressed before, and I found that really exciting-and disturbing.’ 

Maggie also discussed the depictions of motherhood and the film industry’s history of showcasing specific types such as the psychotic mothers.

Inspired: She drew inspiration from Blue Velvet's Isabella Rossellini with Kyle Maclachlan (pictured in 1986)

Inspired: She drew inspiration from Blue Velvet’s Isabella Rossellini with Kyle Maclachlan (pictured in 1986) 

Read all about it: Read the full interview in W Magazine, released on March 8

Read all about it: Read the full interview in W Magazine, released on March 8

She said: ‘I think it’s because when we’re little, our survival depends on our mothers being good and loving and caring for us.’

‘It’s a sophisticated, grown-up thing to ask people to reconcile being a good mother and a bad mother. 

‘I really do believe that women make work, art, film that looks different than men’s- in particular, in the way that we articulate feminine experiences. 

‘And if there aren’t very many films being made by women, that’s a whole section of our experience that doesn’t get reflected back at us. I don’t see how I could have made this movie accurately and with compassion without being a mother myself.’

Read the full interview in W Magazine, released on March 8.  

Insight: Maggie also discussed the depictions of motherhood and the film industry's history of showcasing specific types such as the psychotic mothers

Insight: Maggie also discussed the depictions of motherhood and the film industry’s history of showcasing specific types such as the psychotic mothers

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