‘Mafia Mamma’ Interview: Director Catherine Hardwicke On Putting The Matriarchy Into The Mob

Over the past two decades, Catherine Hardwicke has directed just about every single genre you can image. From dramas like Miss You Already and This Is Us to horror with Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities to the teen vampire juggernaut Twilight, her credits are a testament to her versatility.

She is now turning her attention to Mafia Mamma, a comedy by way of action movie. In it, Toni Collette plays an American woman who leaves her broken marriage behind to fly Italy to pay her respects to her estranged deceased grandfather. Little does she know, she must take her rightful place a mafia don.

I sat down with Hardwicke to talk about working with Collette a second time, what the actress was like as a producer, and bringing the feminine into the Italian mafia world.

Check out my interview with Hardwicke below, and Mafia Mamma in theaters now.

Cortland Jacoby
A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.