Support The Girls

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Early on in James L. Brooks’ 1987 masterpiece Broadcast News, Holly Hunter’s TV segment producer Jane Craig is seen unplugging her hotel room phone to cry in peace for a moment; she’s a strong, independent journalist but she also just has to let it all out, from time to time. It makes sense that Andrew Bujalski’s new film Support the Girls also uses this motif of the sobbing professional woman to characterise its main protagonist in its opening sequence. Like Broadcast News, this is a film about work – and more specifically, and crucially, about women at work, and the particular challenges they face because of their gender.