If there’s one film that everyone was talking about at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, it was Thelma. Written and directed by newcomer Josh Margolin, the heist action comedy gave 94-year-old June Squibb the starring role she’d never received in her decades-long career.
Inspired by a close-call experience with his own grandmother, Margolin’s Thelma follows a 90-something grandmother as she journeys to get back the money scammers took from her. Joining Squibb is the late Richard Roundtree as the Bonnie to her Clyde. Fred Hechinger plays her directionless grandson determined to find her, while Parker Posey and Clark Gregg play his helicopter parents.
There’s a lot to talk about with the film. From it being Squibb’s first starring role to Richard Roundtree’s last to action-packed scooter chases. I had the opportunity to chat with Thelma’s star and director at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival where they told me about the love and passion that went into this project.