14 May 2009 - 12:01 PM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:07 PM

Rosario Dawson – A Guide To Recognising Your Saints

ROSARIO DAWSON only has a small role in A GUIDE TO RECOGNISING YOUR SAINTS, but she has a lot of love for this gripping indie. BY FILMINK'S BRIAN DUFF

Rosario Dawson, siren of screen and stage, has carved a career that has seen her directed by the likes of Larry Clark, Spike Lee, Peter Berg, Oliver Stone, Robert Rodriguez, Chris Columbus, Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino. But when asked about the New York City generational drama A Guide To Recognising Your Saints, she only had eyes for that film's debut director: “I got to work with Dito Montiel, which was amazing,” she says of the experience. “I'd gotten the script and we had lunch together, and I thought he was brilliant and really frickin' cool. He's one of those people that remind me of the reasons that I wanted to go into film: he follows his passion and creates as he goes along. It's not always about being super-trained – it's not necessarily his dream to do this forever – but the direction of his life took him here, and it's great.”

It's a street tough milieu not wholly dissimilar to that represented in Larry Clark's crushing – and borderline pathological – 1995 film Kids, which was Dawson's first acting role. Her character, Ruby, could easily have been mates with her Saints character Laurie, who Dawson plays as an adult. “When I first read the script for Saints, I was really pissed that Dito hadn't written it years earlier. It would have been the most amazing thing to do after Kids: it would have been perfect, perfect, perfect,” she howls. “Still, I'm so grateful that I got to be a part of it; it's a really powerful film, and it reminds me of the advent of independent film, when great directors came up with beautiful stories that were real and vivid.”