Brit Marling is an unconventional figure in Hollywood. As an actress, writer, and producer, she has created a niche for herself, often collaborating with indie filmmakers to tell intricate, character-driven stories. What sets Marling apart is her unique ability to seamlessly transition between roles, from acting to screenwriting to producing. Her filmography is a testament to her dedication to the craft of storytelling, with films that delve deep into the human psyche and the complexities of relationships, identity, and morality.
1 – Boxers and Ballerinas (2004)
The documentary “Boxers and Ballerinas” released in 2004 was co-directed by Brit Marling and Mike Cahill. This documentary delves into the lives of four young people, two boxers and two ballerinas, torn between the political divides of Cuba and the United States. It provides an intimate look into the dreams, hardships, and motivations of its subjects. The film offers a unique perspective on the social and political issues between the two nations, told through the lens of arts and sports.
2 – The Recordist (2007)
“The Recordist,” directed by Zal Batmanglij, was an AFI thesis short film released in 2007. In this film, Brit Marling took on the role of Charlie Hall. Although a short film, it captures the intricacies of the human emotion and the complexities of memory. The film set the stage for future collaborations between Marling and Batmanglij.
3 – Political Disasters (2009)
In 2009, Brit starred in “Political Disasters,” playing the character named Brit. While not as well-known as some of her other films, it provided Marling with a platform to showcase her acting prowess, further solidifying her position as a versatile artist in the film industry.
4 – Sound of My Voice (2011)
Released in 2011, “Sound of My Voice” is a psychological thriller in which Brit Marling plays Maggie, a mysterious and enigmatic leader of a cult. But she’s not just the lead actress: Marling also co-wrote and produced the film. Directed by Zal Batmanglij, the film revolves around a journalist couple that infiltrates the cult, only to find themselves entangled in a web of intrigue and doubt. With its riveting plot and Marling’s haunting performance, the film was lauded by critics and added to Marling’s reputation as a force to reckon with in the indie film circuit.
5 – Arbitrage (2012)
In “Arbitrage,” released in 2012, Brit Marling plays Brooke Miller, the daughter of a hedge fund magnate played by Richard Gere. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki, the film delves into the world of high finance and the moral compromises made in the quest for power and wealth. The film, while a financial thriller, also touches upon the complex relationship between a father and a daughter.
6 – The Company You Keep (2012)
Directed by and starring Robert Redford, “The Company You Keep” released in 2012 saw Marling playing the role of Rebecca Osborne. The film revolves around a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run when his identity is exposed by a journalist. Marling’s role in the film was significant, showcasing her ability to hold her own alongside industry veterans like Redford.
7 – The East (2013)
Brit Marling teamed up once again with director Zal Batmanglij for the 2013 film “The East.” Not only did Marling play the lead role of Sarah Moss (also known as Jane Owen), but she also co-wrote and co-produced the film. The movie, a suspense thriller, follows an undercover agent who infiltrates an anarchist collective and finds herself torn between her duties and the allure of the group’s charismatic leaders.
8 – The Better Angels (2014)
In the 2014 film “The Better Angels,” Brit Marling portrayed Nancy Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s mother. Directed by A.J. Edwards, the film is a poetic meditation on the early life of the 16th President of the United States, emphasizing the profound influence his mother had on him.
9 – I Origins (2014)
In “I Origins,” Marling played Karen, a molecular biologist. The film, directed by Mike Cahill, explores the intersection of science and spirituality. The narrative follows a scientist who, after making a groundbreaking discovery about the human eye, embarks on a journey that challenges his skeptical worldview.
10 – The Keeping Room (2014)
“The Keeping Room,” set during the last days of the Civil War, sees Marling playing Augusta, a young woman who, along with her sister and their African American slave, must fend off rogue soldiers. Directed by Daniel Barber, the film is a tense drama that delves into themes of survival, racism, and the aftermath of war.
11 – Posthumous (2014)
In “Posthumous,” Brit Marling portrayed McKenzie Grain. The film, set in the world of art, revolves around the complexities of identity, love, and the lengths to which people go for fame and recognition.
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