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Great Singer, Terrible Actress

10. Brickbats at Berlin: Filth and Wisdom (2008)

Madonna’s directorial debut in 2008 was panned by critics at the Berlin Film Festival where it premiered.   The Telegraph described the film as "not an entirely unpromising first effort" but went on to say that "Madonna would do well to hang on to her day job." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian opened his review with, "Well, it had to happen. Madonna has been a terrible actor in many, many films and now - fiercely aspirational as ever - she has graduated to being a terrible director.” Yet there is something to be said for Madge's pluck. Despite all this, she produced a critically acclaimed documentary, I Am Because We Are, via her production company, Semtex Films. The film, about the plight of Malawian children whose parents have died from HIV/AIDS won many awards across the globe and premiered at Sundance. Let’s hope there is a ray of light for Madge’s cinematic aspirations somewhere in the near future, even if going by this record, it seems highly unlikely.


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