When I was younger, I was confused by my mother’s love for Mia Farrow. But then I watched Rosemary’s Baby when I was about eighteen and I saw it, something just clicked. I understood why my mom had always wanted to watch films that Mia was in, why she felt that she had had such an impact on film and cinema in general.
From then on I wanted to see more and more of Mia’s work, and I am happy to say that I have not been disappointed yet. From her incredible turn as the doomed Rosemary, to the snobbish and destructive Daisy Buchanan to the brilliance and authenticity of her performance as Sarah in See No Evil, she has repeatedly shown her range and versatility.
She has also played a vital role as a fashion icon, first popularising the gamine pixie cut in the late 1960s, to the slightly androgynous chic look of the 1970s and 80s. It is difficult to actually calculate the full scope of her impact, especially seeing as, like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, she showed the transformative powers of chopping your hair off when you’re a woman.
Mia has also done extremely important work as an activist, particularly in conflicts that have taken place in Africa. And she has also exhaustively raised awareness for women’s rights on the continent. Her efforts to combat corruption and poverty in the region continue today.
And so, I have decided that I would like to honour this wonderful woman in a Blogathon of her very own.
- Mia has had a long career and so her filmography is quite impressive, as are her stage and television credits. Because of this, I will be allowing only two duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as I won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
- You can write about anything you like pertaining to Mia’s film career, television appearances she made, and her friendships and relationships with her fellow film stars etc. You can write about her activism as well as her impact as a style icon.
- If you would like to write about Mia’s relationship with Woody Allen, please do so in a respectful and informed manner. This blogathon is dedicated to Mia’s life and work and I want to celebrate her, so let’s please keep things nice and not write anything derogatory or defamatory about her.
- The Blogathon is being held on the 9th and 10th of February 2020, which coincides with Mia’s 75th birthday. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, please let me know.
- Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. I’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
- And most importantly, please let me know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contacting me on twitter @noir_or_never. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as I don’t really want to act as amateur sleuth and hunt for you! Please tell me your twitter handle as well so I can promote everything on there. If you don’t have a blog, that’s totally fine, just send your entry onto me and I’ll post it for you. But I can only post one contribution for you due to constraints on my time and blog space.
- Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice.
I very much hope that you will join me and that you will enjoy writing all about the magnificent Mia!
Topics claimed twice: See No Evil (1971)
Pale Writer: See No Evil (1971) and the story of Mia’s pixie cut
Dark Lane Creative: A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Poppity Talks Classic Films: Hurricane (1979)
Movie Blog II: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Cinematic Catharsis: The Haunting of Julia (1977)
Realweegiemidget Reviews: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: See No Evil (1971)
Cinema Rêtro: Mia’s family ties
Dubsism: Guns at Batasi (1964)
Silver Screenings: The Great Gatsby (1974)