Marjane Satrapi recognizes the importance of telling female stories on to the screen. For Radioactive, it was a significant story to tell about Marie Curie.
Marie Curie was one of the most well-known female science pioneers in history. Her research into radioactivity opened new scientific pathways towards evil with the atomic bomb, but also good with radiology. With her husband, Pierre Curie, they discovered two new elements radium and polonium. They both were recognized with the Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry.
With Marie Curie as an important STEM role model for young women, director Satrapi knew she needed to get this story right and appealing.
Radioactive stars Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, and Anya Taylor Joy in this complex drama about romance and science. Jack Thorne wrote the adapted screenplay based on the book by Lauren Redniss.
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Here’s the short synopsis:
From the 1870s through our 21st century, Radioactive tells the story of pioneering scientist Marie Curie through her extraordinary life and her enduring legacies—the passionate partnerships, her shining scientific breakthroughs, and the darker consequences that followed.
LRM Online spoke with director Marjane Satrapi on a Zoom video conference call. She discussed the importance of telling female stories for the screen. As a film full of science, she explained how she balanced the explanations of science and tales of romance for this movie.
The Iranian-born director has made her mark immediately with her first animated film Persepolis, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year in 2008. She transitioned to the live-action cinema with Chicken With Plums, Gang of the Jotas, and then action-comedy The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds.
Radioactive streams exclusively on Amazon Prime this Friday, July 24.
Watch our exclusive interview with Marjane Satrapi below and let us know what you think.
Source: LRM Online, Amazon Original