Featured REEL Ladies: Suzan Crowley & Gwen Wynne

REEL Ladies Presents Suzan Crowley & Gwen Wynne
“American Primitive”

1973, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Harry Goodhart, the British widower father, has come to Cape Cod to begin a new business and begin a new life where he can be accepted and live the life he wants. Recently widowed, he struggles to withhold a secret from his two teenage daughters that risks tearing their family apart.

The year 1973 is central to American Primitive’s story. The film’s path parallels a country’s loss of innocence and a time period in which American society was redefining its national identity as well as its personal views. Gender and sexual identity preoccupied the citizens of America.

Like many in the country, our heroes, Madeline and Harry, daughter and father, find themselves tackling ideas of sex and identity — topics that seemed to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue in the early 70s but were actually still taboo in both traditional familial and personal settings.


Gwen Wynne, a filmmaker and theatre director, began her career on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre scouting for new plays. From there she co-founded and served for six years as Artistic Director of The No-Neck Monsters Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.; its mission was to challenge audiences with the essential questions of our time. Funders of her company included The National Endowment for the Arts, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Comic Relief, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation and many others.

Presently, Ms. Wynne is leading Cape Cod Films, LLC and Cape Cod Films Ltd; these companies have been created to champion emerging filmmakers and tell stories that are often suppressed in our culture. She is producing Pam Tom’s Brushstrokes in Hollywood: A Portrait of Tyrus Wong and Turning The Map about Col. Andrew Croft, famous Arctic explorer, WW II hero and spy that Ian Fleming based his character James Bond upon. Ms. Wynne is also producing and directing American Primitive, short listed as a finalist for the Sundance Feature Film Program in 1996 and 1997. Ms. Wynne graduated from Brown University, receiving degrees in Literature & Society and Theatre Arts. She also received her M.F.A. in Film and Video Production at the USC’s School of Cinema-Television.

As a film-maker Ms. Wynne has served as Development Director and 2nd Unit Director for the ABC network documentary film, The Story of Mothers and Daughters, which aired in the Spring, 1997. One of her primary responsibilities was to oversee ancillary product creation for the network documentary. She worked with Hallmark Cards, HarperCollins Publishing, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


Originally from Great Britain, and enjoying dual citizenship, Suzan now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, fellow actor, Anthony Armatrading. Moving to Los Angeles from London in order to be more involved behind the camera, Suze first co-produced the short film: The Ingrate starring Kathy Bates and then with Anthony went on to produce short film: Crime Scene.

Using her extensive knowledge and passion Suzan was able to lend a tremendous amount of insight to American Primitive which is the first feature film she has produced. Based on the overall experience it is a safe bet to say it will not be the last feature on her increasingly impressive body of work.

Not only does Suzan enjoy dual citizenship she also enjoys being a dual threat on films as she is comfortable behind and in front of the camera. Part of what makes her such a talented producer is that she has extensive experience acting. As an actress Suzan starred in the films Born of Fire, In The Year of the Bodyguard Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract and Dante’s Inferno, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Success Is The Best Revenge all for Film Four. Suze uses her talents to beautifully play Gertie Sears in American Primitive.




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