Rachel Griffiths thought she'd make a movie about models. The Oscar-nominated actress – known for her roles in Muriel's Wedding and Six Feet Under – had been trying to make a female coming-of-age film as her directorial debut for almost a decade, and saw the world of modelling as a vehicle for a "Trojan horse" story – where "you get much more than you think you're going to get".

"Joel Pearlman, who heads Village Roadshow in Australia, says, 'Look, Rach, if you're going to have a female protagonist, it just has to be someone that you root for, and no

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