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This is My Life

(Rated M)

Presented with Sydney Writers' Festival & Meg Wolitzer

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Overview

Dottie Ingels (Julie Kavner) has always dreamed of being a big stand-up comedian but life and bills have gotten in the way and she finds herself supporting two daughters by working at a cosmetics counter. When a surprise inheritance comes her way, she packs it all up and moves her little family to Manhattan to finally do something for herself. Dottie lands the best agent in the biz Arnold Moss (Dan Aykroyd), who along with his cool assistant Claudia (Carrie Fisher), pushes Dottie's career skywards. Meanwhile, her kids (Samantha Mathis and Gabby Hoffmann) find themselves both thrilled for their beloved mom and angry that they've now just become another part of her busy schedule.

Why You Should See This Film

Based on the brilliant Meg Wolitzer novel and the directorial debut of the late, great Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle), This is My Life is one of the very few films about a female comedian and it really tells it like it is. Julie Kavner has a great, warm presence in the film, imbuing her character with honesty and that old hang-up of 'having it all' and Hoffmann and Mathis are wonderfully relatable with their teen and tween angst and sassy early '90s outfits. Trivia: the character of Arnold Moss was based on the famous and eccentric talent agent Sam Cohn who looked after the likes of Cher, Meryl Streep and Whoopi Goldberg.

Presented with Sydney Writers' Festival & Meg Wolitzer

The celebrated author behind titles like The Female Persuasion, The Interestings and The Wife, join Meg Wolitzer in conversation at Sydney Writers' Festival on Sunday 5 May. Then head over to Golden Age two weeks later to see this cherished and rarely-screened cinematic adaptation on our screen.

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  • Year: 1992
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Nora Ephron
  • Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Julie Kavner, Carrie Fisher, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Duration: 94 minutes
  • Language: English
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