As the world wakes up from a decade of war, recession and pandemic and a conservative cultural war gets underway, four women hustle their Hollywood dreams, juggling ambition, romance, friendship, loyalty — and the daily compulsion to blow it all the f*ck up.
The year is 1922.
Dragonflies is a fictional series set at the dawn of Hollywood — Downton Abbey meets Entourage.
Everybody is trying to survive. Everybody has an agenda. Everybody is a phone call away from domination or destitution.
It’s a fast-paced, gripping and fun — and reveals the secret feminist origins of the movie industry.
Up until 1925, an average of 50% Hollywood releases were written by women, and there was a higher proportion of female directors working then than now.
Over ten years, from the creation of the Hayes Office in 1922 (where our series begins) until the adoption of the Motion Production Code in the early thirties, the power structures that would ultimately protect Weinstein (et all) were systemically built by the men they would serve. Women like our characters saw everything they had worked for crumble and many, having pioneered this brand new industry, died destitute.
They didn’t go down without a fight, and this series is dedicated to them.
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Claire S Duffy
Author & Screenwriter. Fond of being on water and upside down. Obsessed with the roaring twenties and the female film pioneers of early Hollywood.