Lack of fe­male di­rec­tors an ‘em­bar­rass­ment’: Geena Davis

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

DEAUVILLE (AFP) — The #MeToo move­ment has not changed the for­tunes of fe­male di­rec­tors in the United States, “Thelma and Louise” star Geena Davis told the Deauville Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val on Tues­day, call­ing Hol­ly­wood an “em­bar­rass­ment.”

“Things have pro­foundly not got­ten bet­ter for fe­male di­rec­tors. You just have to look at the fig­ures, down ev­ery year,” said Davis, who was in the French sea­side town to pro­mote a doc­u­men­tary she pro­duced on gen­der in­equal­ity in the film in­dus­try.

Davis cited fig­ures pub­lished by the Cen­ter for the Study of Women in Tele­vi­sion and Film, which showed women mak­ing up only four per­cent of film-makers work­ing on the top 250 films of 2018.

“It’s a global em­bar­rass­ment,” she said.

“I mean, come on, how long is this gonna take?”

Ti­tled “This Changes Ev­ery­thing” the film pro­duced by Davis, which was screened out­side of the main com­pe­ti­tion in Deauville, shines a light on gen­der-based dis­crim­i­na­tion, both in front of and be­hind the cam­era.

It draws on re­search con­ducted by the Davis In­sti­tute on Gen­der in Me­dia and in­cludes in­ter­views with ac­tors and di­rec­tors such as Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Port­man and Davis her­self.

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