Ever since she burst onto our screens in Muriel’s Wedding, Australia has treasured the talent that is Rachel Griffiths.
With a career spanning more than 20 years, Griffiths is best known for her roles in HBO’s acclaimed series Six Feet Under, and the film Hilary and Jackie, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her work has earned her a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards.
Griffiths latest role is one that’s about to have everyone talking.
The hilarious comedy (no, seriously, watch the trailer above) Little Acorns is set in a suburban childcare centre, and Griffiths plays what she describes as the “helicoptering love mum…proudly breastfeeding her children as long as she feels she wants to.” She is the mum who others find painfully intimidating; career driven, involved and with hair that puts “Hollywood to shame”.
Griffiths told Mamamia that this was a cast she was particularly excited to work with. Many of the women (Emily Taheny, Belinda McClory and Katerina Kotsonis to name a few) have known each other since they were 18, and are now trying their best to juggle "being artists, and writers, and producers, and actors, while also being mums."
Writer and director Trudy Hellier says, “We are tired of seeing women in stereotypical roles; men are having all the fun and we’re always telling them to behave. We aim to usurp these stereotypes and challenge the whole idea of what it is to be a caring female.”
And Griffiths couldn't be more on board.
As a mum of three, a boy Banjo, and two girls, Adelaide and Clementine, she said "We're being sucked into all these models about who is being a better mummy. It is so bizarre that we are competing as mums".
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Indeed, Little Acorns could not be speaking to more receptive ears. It follows the release of Bad Moms, and an entire movement of women rejecting the impossible standards placed upon mothers.
Griffiths is excited about the "rampant incoming power" of strong female characters, and the new, more nuanced depiction of female worlds. She describes film and television as having "a moment of such feminist truth", citing the likes of comedian and actress Amy Schumer.