For Interesting, Intelligent, Complicated Women: An Interview with Tammy Riley-Smith

“For anyone who hasn’t got an eating disorder, they don’t get it. They don’t get it. You eat food because that’s what you do. You’re a human being, you eat and you sleep and you shit. That’s what you do. But when you have an eating disorder, you don’t do that.”
A very important film for all of us who are struggling in the dark with no one out there who really understands us… mostly because they have no idea what we’re going through.


by Mary Jo Watts

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 9.17.54 PM Tammy Riley-Smith directing Louise Brealey on the set of Delicious. Used with permission.

Delicious, is an extreme rarity. It’s a micro-budget independent film written, directed, and co-produced by a woman, Tammy Riley-Smith, starring a woman, Louise Brealey, about a woman named Stella who suffers from an eating disorder.

In 2013 only 6% of the directors of the top 250 films were women. A paltry 11% of readily identifiable protagonists in those films were women.

The interview that follows is largely about a film that both Tammy (obviously) and I both know well. Before you read further, I strongly encourage you watch Delicious. I’ve included a plot summary of the film below, but fair warning: it’s full of spoilers!


Delicious Plot Summary

Following his mother’s death, aspiring French cook Jacques (Nico Rogner

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