Biopic of Andy Warhol muse Factory Girl is being released as planned
The UK premiere of new film ‘Factory Girl’ takes place in London tonight despite the alleged attempts by Bob Dylan to halt the film’s release by suing Harvey Weinstein.
Much has been made of Sienna Miller in the project’s lead role which has virtually overshadowed Dylan’s accusations the character Billy Quinn is a defamatory portrayal of himself.
The singer’s concerns came about due the similarities of Quinn’s character to himself and the suggestions it was his rejection of Sedgwick which led to her addiction and eventual suicide in 1971, aged 28.
This is something the director George Hickenlooper has denied claiming Quinn – played by Hayden Christensen is “a hybrid of Dylan, Jim Morrison, Donovan.”
The success of the film in the UK is probably dependent on the column inches Miller generates rather than to do with the story of Edie Sedgwick It-girl, muse of Andy Warhol and fixture on the New York party scene in the 1960s,
Critical approval however in the US has been mixed, with Variety describing Miller’s portrayal as “ultimately too whiny and narrowly focused to be a genuinely tragic figure” while the Los Angeles Times called the biopic “superficial”.
Of more interest to Uncut readers will be Guy Pearce’s portrayal of Andy Warhol.
Tonight’s premiere takes place at London’s Vue Leicester Square cinema.