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HARD KNOCKS

By Steve Gallagher

Amanda Micheli’s Double Dare is an action-packed look at the life of two stuntwomen at opposite ends of the globe and at different stages in their careers.

Jeannie Epper, who was literally born into the business — her father had doubled for Errol Flynn and Gary Cooper — was Lynda Carter’s stuntdouble on Wonder Woman throughout the 1970s. Now in her sixties she continues to work, albeit sporadically, but is routinely passed over as stunt coordinator and second-unit director for younger, less-experienced men.

Zoe Bell, who began her career in New Zealand at the age of 18 as a double for Lucy Lawless on Xena: Warrior Princess, made her way to Los Angeles when that show ended, where Epper took her under her wing. Before long, Bell landed the coveted role as double for Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

Featuring interviews with Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Lynda Carter and Lucy Lawless, along with behind-the-scenes footage and hilarious archival clips, Double Dare is a fascinating portrait of two extraordinary women who repeatedly take the fall in a male-dominated industry... and live to tell about it. Info: www.runawayfilms.com.

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