The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Contents - SARAH TARYAM

Hol­ly­wood is a scary place for women at the mo­ment. After all the scan­dals and stories of abuse, women want, more than ever, to feel se­cure in their jobs and work­place. This is why a num­ber of ac­tresses have be­gun to launch their own pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies.

Ali­cia Vikan­der, Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress win­ner at the

Os­cars last year, opened her pro­duc­tion com­pany Vikar­i­ous as a re­sult of feel­ing over­pow­ered by men on movie sets. After play­ing the lead in four movies in a row, Ali­cia was as­tounded by the fact that she did not have a sin­gle scene with an­other woman in any of them. In the movies she pro­duces through her own com­pany, women will al­ways be out front.

In spite of the sad state of af­fairs in Hol­ly­wood, women open­ing pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies is not a new trend. Over the last 25 years nu­mer­ous fe­male stars have ven­tured be­hind the cam­era. Back in 1992, Jodie Fos­ter opened Egg Pic­tures and took to pro­duc­ing movies with more fem­i­nine roles. Drew Bar­ry­more also launched her own com­pany in 1995. Flower Films pro­duced many dif­fer­ent types of movies in­clud­ing Never Been Kissed and Char­lie’s An­gels.

Turn to our Life­style pages where we have some good tips on dif­fer­ent ways to add mir­rors to your home. The right mir­ror can do won­ders to a room adding light and giv­ing a more spa­cious feel. The Food pages have a great, sim­ple recipe for good-old tomato soup with basil. I don’t know any­one who can re­sist a bowl of pip­ing hot tomato soup, which will be even more en­joy­able now that the weather is cool.

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