James wants more fe­male di­rec­tors in Hol­ly­wood

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BRI­TISH ac­tress Lily James has re­vealed she wants to see more fe­male di­rec­tors work­ing in Hol­ly­wood.

The 28-year-old ac­tress has echoed the thoughts of Meryl Streep, who be­lieves there would be fewer in­stances of abuse and harassment in the movie busi­ness if there were more women in po­si­tions of power.

Speak­ing in ref­er­ence to Streep’s com­ments, James said: “There’d be less room for it.

“I’m lucky enough to have just made a film (Lit­tle Woods) with a young fe­male director, the pro­duc­ers were women and the story was about women, and it was such a change. I hadn’t ex­pe­ri­enced that be­fore.

“That needs to be­come the norm, com­mon­place, I want to work with fe­male di­rec­tors as much as I do male di­rec­tors. I want to look around the crew and not be sur­rounded by men, so

that will be some­thing that hope­fully is chang­ing, and I’m so in­spired by all these peo­ple who are mak­ing their voices heard.”

James stars as Elizabeth Nel, the per­sonal as­sis­tant to Sir Win­ston Churchill, in the new war drama Dark­est Hour.

The movie is un­likely to ap­peal to some of her youngest fans, but James be­lieves it’s im­por­tant that the film reaches a wide au­di­ence.

She added: “We can learn so much from our his­tory. Es­pe­cially at the mo­ment. You watch a film about a very pow­er­ful leader at the time where he re­ally was the voice and will of the peo­ple and united the coun­try.

“I don’t think there’s nec­es­sar­ily that kind of strength in lead­ers at the mo­ment, so I think it’s quite inspiring.” – Bang Me­dia


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