Lucy Lawless Makes Directorial Debut with 'Never Look Away'

Lucy Lawless makes her directorial debut with "Never Look Away," a documentary about Margaret Moth, a fearless Kiwi war correspondent. The film, part of the Sundance London festival, tells Moth's story of bravery and dedication as a war journalist.

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Lucy Lawless Makes Directorial Debut with 'Never Look Away'

Lucy Lawless Makes Directorial Debut with 'Never Look Away'

New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless, best known for her iconic role as Xena in the 1990s TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess," has made her directorial debut with the documentary "Never Look Away." The film, which is part of the Sundance London festival taking place from June 6 to 9 at London's Picturehouse Central, tells the story of Margaret Moth, a fearless Kiwi war correspondent and CNN photojournalist who reported from war zones worldwide until her death from cancer in 2010.

"Never Look Away" is one of 11 films selected for the festival, which features a curated selection of titles that previously premiered at Utah's Sundance Film Festival in January. Lawless was approached by Moth's best friend and heir to her estate via email, asking if she would be interested in telling Moth's story. Despite having no prior experience in directing, Lawless immediately agreed to take on the project, drawn to Moth's courageous and adventurous spirit that echoed her own iconic character, Xena.

The documentary chronicles Moth's remarkable career, spanning years of reporting from war-torn regions around the world. Moth's bravery and dedication to her work were exemplified by her continued reporting even after a sniper's bullet shattered her jaw in Sarajevo. Lawless describes Moth as a "warrior princess in real life," living a life of "sex, drugs, and punk music."

The documentary picks aim to showcase Moth's courage under fire and her unwavering commitment to revealing the harsh realities of war to the world. The film explores Moth's life, which is reminiscent of the action film "Civil War," which also explored photojournalists in the field. Lawless's documentary is expected to be one of the year's big documentary hits, following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Margaret Moth's incredible story of bravery and dedication as a war correspondent has found a powerful voice in Lucy Lawless's directorial debut. "Never Look Away" promises to be a compelling tribute to a remarkable journalist who risked her life to bring the truth to light, leaving an indelible mark on the world of war reporting.

Key Takeaways

  • Lucy Lawless makes directorial debut with "Never Look Away", a documentary about war correspondent Margaret Moth.
  • The film premieres at Sundance London festival, one of 11 selected titles.
  • Moth reported from war zones worldwide until her death from cancer in 2010.
  • Lawless was drawn to Moth's courageous spirit, likening her to a "warrior princess in real life".
  • The documentary showcases Moth's bravery and commitment to revealing war's harsh realities.