Taylor Swift has been receiving criticism for being in the “Directors on Directors” series with Martin McDonagh without having directed any feature films.
Taylor Swift, the American singer-songwriter, has been chosen for kicking off the Hollywood magazine Variety’s “Directors on Directors” series with Martin McDonagh. Immediate backlash followed this announcement as people questioned her involvement in the series when she has never directed a feature film and only has a short film “All Too Well” to her name. Given the incredible lineup which was announced on Thursday involving award-winning directors such as James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola and young filmmakers such as Ryan Coogler, Sarah Polley and more, cinephiles immediately criticized the decision of adding Taylor to the lineup, making it questionable.
Film fans took to twitter to express their disappointment about the situation. One user wrote, “Taylor Swift who directed 1 (one) short film in the same lineup as Ryan Coogler and Rian Johnson lmao”. Another wrote, “What is this BS?????? yt (sic) mediocrity really be prevailing but what do you expect from Hollywood”. They found the timing of her feature directorial debut announcement suspicious as it had little information and seemed to be backing the singer’s plans as a filmmaker.
Taylor’s Feature Directorial Debut
In midst of this chaos came the news that Taylor is going to make her feature film directorial debut with an original script. The film will be produced by Searchlight Pictures. Searchlight Presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield gave a joint statement praising the singer, “Taylor is a once-in-a-generation artist and storyteller. It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey”. The production company will unveil the rest of the details later.
Fans came to the rescue of the singer among the criticisms as one fan tweeted, “She is directing a full on movie now chill.” Not to mention, her short film “All Too Well: The Short Film”, which she wrote herself, was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. It is also being submitted in the short film category for the upcoming 95th Academy Awards.