Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…

Forty-nine years ago, at the address 10050 Cielo Drive Los Angeles, Sharon Tate and three friends were murdered by members of the Manson Family. For those of you who are unaware, the Manson Family were a collective of murderers, led by Charles Manson during the 1960’s. You may be thinking, how is this relevant for today? Well, some of Hollywood’s biggest names are on board to star in a new Tarantino feature film that will somehow be documenting the infamous killings. I say ‘somehow’ because little is known about the actual plot concept just yet.


Quentin Tarantino

What Do We Know So Far?

  • We know that Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will both have staring roles in the movie. Playing Rick Dalton, a TV star and Cliff Booth, his stunt double respectively.
  • The story’s focus is around the year 1969 with a lot of mention to the hippie movement that was sweeping LA at the time.
  • It is unknown how much of the story will be centred around Sharon Tate and her gruesome murder, however she is listed as one of the characters, a neighbour to Rick.
  • Tarantino aims for the film to have a similar vibe to cult classic Pulp Fiction.
  • Tarantino has been working on the script for this movie for five years. He is “excited to tell this story of an L.A. and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore.”actors

Tarantino films are never far from controversy and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has been no different. People are confused as to why Tarantino is at the helm of this film after his handling of sensitive subjects in the past. Most recently, in February of this year, Uma Thurman stepped forward with a shocking case of negligence whilst on the set of the infamous cult classic movie, Kill Bill. Thurman recently explained the accident in an interview, stating she felt forced to drive in a car, even though she didn’t feel comfortable and would have preferred a stunt double to act it for her. Tarantino persuaded her to complete the stunt, which resulted in a crash with Uma suffering from neck and knee injuries that still bother her to this day.

Sharon Tate

Sharon Tate

 Recently, Sharon Tate’s sister Debra, has criticised independent movie The Haunting of Sharon Tate, starring Hilary Duff for being tasteless. It does beg the question, is releasing a movie about a real person on the anniversary of their death a homage to their life or a grand publicity stunt? Whichever side of the fence you sit on, it is important we remember that Sharon Tate’s relatives are still alive and still suffering the death of a loved one.



Text: Emily Jordan

Images: Variety, The Wire, Time Magazine


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