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Top 10: Indie Queens of 2007

Yesterday’s Top Ten (Foreign Femme Fatales of 2007) saw a fine selection of international thesps that dominated the silver screen in some form or another, today’s 10 focuses on those who had their talents featured in mostly American independent films.

Yesterday’s Top Ten (Foreign Femme Fatales of 2007) saw a fine selection of international thesps that dominated the silver screen in some form or another, today's 10 focuses on those who had their talents featured in mostly American independent films. Enjoy! 

10: Emma Stone and Martha MacIsaac (girls of Super Bad)

The real girls of the Greg Mottola comedy are just one of the many charms of Super Bad. MacIsaac is a television actress who made her big screen break with this vechicle, while Emma Stone also comes from the TV background and has Peter Wolf’s I Know What Boys Like and Peter Cattaneo’s The Rocker coming out in 2008. 

9. Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller

2007: Like a fine whisky, she keeps getting better with age and is getting tons of work sent her way. She definitely caught our attention with Interview and had a studio part in Stardust.  

2008: We should see plenty of Sienna starting with Rawson Marshall Thurber’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, then in no particular order: Beeban Kidron’s Hippie Hippie Shake, Bruce Beresford’s A Woman of No Importance and Michael Radford’s The Edge of Love.


8. Christina Ricci

Ricci Moan

2007: She kick started her career in a risky role in a clad down attired with Craig Brewer’s Black Snake Moan.

2008: The long delayed Penelope finally comes out and she’ll be in a tentpole studio project called Speed Racer.

7. Lauren Ambrose


2007: If you are into red heads she hasn’t gone unnoticed, if you are into small indie films then you saw her in Starting out in the Evening and Diggers.

2008: Her breakout year is 2008 – she’ll be in Michael Almereyda’s Tonight at NoonGeorge LaVoo’s A Dog Year and voicing a part in Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are. 

6. Taraji P. Henson


2007: The smoking hot actress was seen on the small and big screen, She played on Boston Legal and parlayed that with a role in Joe Carnahan’s Smokin' Aces and a wacky girlfriend role in Talk to Me. 

2008: She’ll be seen in Bill Duke's Not Easily Broken and David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 

5. Ellen Page

Ellen Page

2007: Like in 2006, this year’s list would not be complete without an Ellen Page mention. She one upped herself with her perf in Juno and was cruelly treated in An American Crime. The Canadian actress also worked on some homegrown pieces in festival films The Tracey Fragments and The Stone Angel 

2008: She’ll be going back to Sundance for the release of Noam Murro’s Smart People.  

4. Summer Bishil

Summer Bishil

2007: Technically the majority of you will be seeing her in 08’ when Warner Independent Pictures release Towelhead in theaters – but I caught this one at Toronto film fest and I’m thinking that this might be the career launching performance that makes sure that this young newbie acts in films for the next decade.


2008: Along with Towelhead, she’ll be 7th billing on Wayne Kramer’s Crossing Over.


3. Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh

2007: We barley see her in front of the cameras but she is slowly coming back to the surface – she had a fun role in her hubby Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding.
2008: She stars in the highly anticipated Charlie Kaufman directorial debut Synecdoche, New York. 

2. Marisa Tomei


2007: Tomei took on a paycheck role in Wild Hogs and made a quick appearance in Park City depression-friendly indie number called Grace is Gone, but we all took notice of her in the ensemble film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

2008: She’ll be playing the Cusack again in Joshua Seftel’s War, Inc. and signed up for a part in The Night Job.

1. Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

2007: There is not enough words in the English dictionary to describe what it must feel to have (as a director) Tilda Swinton sign on board of a project – she brings much more than her acting skills to any given project. The actress took significantly low paying jobs in narrating docu film Deep Water, Bela Tarr’s festival downer The Man from London, the Sundance stunner in Stephanie Daley and finally she deliciously played the corporate fall guy in Michael Clayton. 

2008: She completed Erick Zonca’s Julia last year and will most likely walk some big film festival red carpet with it, and plays in the Coen bros. Burn After Reading and David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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