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May’s Reel Reads Selection: The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline!

Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him – Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray, Game of Thrones), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon, 13 Reasons Why) and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendon, Mapplethorpe) – remain under the spell of the infamous and sociopathic cult leader (Matt Smith, The Crown).

“Matt Smith gives a restlessly energetic performance as the bearded cult leader, Charles Manson.” – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent

Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan – until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merrit Wever, Birdman) is enlisted to rehabilitate them. Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did? Boundary-pushing filmmaker Mary Harron (American Psycho; I Shot Andy Warhol) and screenwriter Guinevere Turner (American Psycho; Go Fish) present a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century. (Dir. by Mary Harron, 2019, USA, 110 mins., Rated R)

May’s Reel Reads Selection! Purchase a copy of The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline during the month of May and receive a special “Loft Reel Reads” discount off the cover price – 20% for Loft members and 10% for the general public. Copies of the book are available at The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books.

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