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"I’m a director first, a writer second," she says, sipping tea in the Mercer Hotel. And she has quickly become a recognized director, at that. On Saturday, Rothschild will screen "Eddie Loves Mary," a stylish 10-minute children’s film about a brother-sister graffiti team scheming to get their divorced parents back together. The short has already won prizes while traveling the festival circuit from London to Cleveland to Los Angeles to New York, and Working Title Films has asked the director to take the project feature length. "It has been living the most glamorous life, this little film," she reports.
But for Rothschild, making films isn’t all kid’s stuff. She recently completed a documentary film about the prickly painter, Frank Auerbach, after 12 years of trying to persuade him to do the project. "He finally said yes, and then I panicked," she says, laughing. "That’s when the real work starts. You ask yourself, what is the story?"
And since an early age, when she entertained the family on long car trips, she’s loved a good story. "I absolutely knew I wanted to tell stories, whether visually or verbally," says Rothschild.
Her father, a great patron of the arts, wholeheartedly supports his daughter’s choice of vocation. "As long as I’m working, he’s happy," says Rothschild, who now has three children of her own. "I think that he can’t bear the thought of his children not working."
She is not, however, interested in packing up and making the move west. "Hollywood?" Rothschild says, looking stunned. "I’m a European filmmaker. Absolutely born and bred in London. I couldn’t live anywhere but."