‘Lorelei’ Director Sabrina Doyle on Why Blue-Collar Films Don’t Need to Focus on Drudgery to Be Effective

‘Lorelei’ Director Sabrina Doyle on Why Blue-Collar Films Don’t Need to Focus on Drudgery to Be Effective
“Authenticity” is the holy grail for a certain type of narrative filmmaking. Specifically, films that make a virtue of depicting poor people and the “issues” they face. Quite often, an improvisational, doc-style aesthetic helps cement the idea that we’re just peering in. Gaining a privileged insight into “real lives.” But it bears stating that such films are artificial constructs too.

With my debut feature, “Lorelei,” I wanted to try something different. I grew up in a low-income family — my dad works in construction and neither of my parents graduated high school — so this is personal for me. My interior life, my imaginary life, allowed me do things that weren’t expected for someone from my background: get into my dream college, win a scholarship to attend film school and, now, direct a feature film.

I don’t fetishize verisimilitude, nor consider it a byword for truth. Growing up, it was the opposite,
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