Sally PotterThe film maestro on her musical debut.

Sally PotterThe film maestro on her musical debut.

Issue 50

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  • Words Charles Shafaieh
  • Photograph Antonio Zazueta Olmos

Since the release of Sally Potter’s first feature film, The Gold Diggers, in 1983, commentators have obsessed over her experiences as a female filmmaker. The acclaimed writer and director of Orlando and Ginger & Rosa—and over a dozen other films—finds this fixation exasperating. “Don’t you want to talk about how I work with light and actors, about structure and narrative, about illusion, transcendence and all these fantastically interesting things that make up cinema?” she says, recalling these exchanges. Potter defines herself, rather, by what she makes—and that includes music. Following stints in bands such as the Feminist Improvising Group and composing scores for many of her films, she released her debut studio album, Pink Bikini, in the summer of 2023. The intimate, s...

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