Ger­wig has ar­rived as a di­rec­tor after just one film

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Greta Ger­wig has been an ac­tress in 25 films, a co-writer on five and co-di­rec­tor of one. She’s as­sem­bled wardrobes, done make-up and, thanks to her height, held the boom mike. She has, in a sense, been build­ing up for a long time to her di­rec­to­rial de­but: Lady Bird.

“I was ac­cu­mu­lat­ing my 10,000 hours,” said Ger­wig, who stands five-foot-nine. “When I fin­ished this script, I thought: You’re still go­ing to learn things but you’re not go­ing to learn any­thing more by not do­ing it. What­ever learn­ing hap­pens now is go­ing to hap­pen by do­ing it. I just de­cided to take the leap.”

Ger­wig’s Lady Bird, which opened last week in New York and Los An­ge­les, is a loosely au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal com­ing-ofage story about a high schooler named Chris­tine (Saoirse Ronan) with the self-pro­claimed nick­name “Lady Bird” who as­pires beyond her mid­dle-class Sacra­mento life. From Catholic school, she dreams of New York or at least “Con­necti­cut or New Hamp­shire, where writ­ers live in the woods.”

The film — richly de­tailed, shrewdly ob­served, al­to­gether a beauty — has al­ready found some of the best re­views of the year, plac­ing it among the early awards-sea­son favourites. It boasts nu­mer­ous rev­e­la­tions — in­clud­ing the per­for­mances by Ronan and her fic­tional mother Lau­rie Met­calf — but none more so than this one: Ger­wig is an ex­cep­tional, fully formed film­maker, right out of the gate.

“She nailed it in the way that she did be­cause she’s in­cred­i­bly open to peo­ple and char­ac­ters and places,” says Ronan. “One of the rea­sons why she’s such a fan­tas­tic sto­ry­teller is be­cause she’s in­cred­i­bly sin­cere. Ev­ery­thing that comes out of her, whether it’s on the page or when she acts or when she di­rects, it only comes from the most gen­uine place.”

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