Factory Girl (15)
PUBLISHED: 10:51 08 February 2007 | UPDATED: 14:59 12 May 2010
FACTORY GIRL imaginatively unfolds the rise and fall of 1960s society girl Edie Sedgwick – the blazing star who came to define both the glamour and the tragedy of celebrity-obsessed culture. The year is 1965, and Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) is living e
FACTORY GIRL imaginatively unfolds the rise and fall of 1960s society girl Edie Sedgwick - the blazing star who came to define both the glamour and the tragedy of celebrity-obsessed culture.
The year is 1965, and Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) is living every young girl's dream. Her life changes when she meets Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce), New York's most famous artist, and he quickly transforms her into the Big Apple's most dazzling persona.
And at the centre of this exciting and decadent world is The Factory, Warhol's downtown loft and a place where musicians, artists, actors and all types of rag-tag misfits get together to create art and movies by day and throw parties at night.
It is here that Edie takes her place at Warhol's side as the Factory's most alluring and irresistible associate.
She has the world at her feet. Every woman wants to be like her and every man wants to be with her.
Edie appeared to be the quintessential American princess, with her blue blood, trust fund and her Harvard education, not to mention her ethereal beauty and vivacious charm.
But she was also a lost and fragile young woman.
Her vulnerability is highlighted when, unable to find the love she craves from Warhol and The Factory, she turns to singer-songwriter Billy Quinn (Hayden Christensen), a captivating musician who represents everything that Warhol is not.
Quinn pushes Edie to free herself from Warhol's loop and the couple are soon in an affair. An affair that it seems has its price.
In the title role, Sienna Miller gives a sexy, intense performance.
Throughout the film she is truly compelling and shines on screen in her blonde wig, heavy eye make-up and mini-skirt.
Guy Pearce also dons a blond wig of his own, and the versatile Aussie actor is virtually unrecognisable in his role as the iconic artist.
Director George Hickenlooper expects a certain level of prior knowledge and to audiences not au fait with the characters' history, the film may appear slightly confused.
However, on the whole, Factory Girl is a brave attempt at recreating a modern American tragedy's and personifies the pinnacle of an era of fashion and parties.