Cannes: Jane Campion addresses sexism in film

All you privileged men who just don’t get this. At one time you wouldn’t give us the vote. Forget about working or an Olympic sport. Women just can’t play tennis so they don’t deserve the same pay as men. Women are stupid and don’t have the same brain capacity as men. Women should not be doing any job which is traditionally held by men. Women are the weaker sex. They can’t manage the same job as men. Women won’t be hired because one day they will get married and have children. Hollywood is perhaps one of the most old fashioned industries in the world. It does not reflect the lives of women. Stories about men, by men, fantasies by men of women who are beautiful, just wives or girlfriends and certainly not doing the same job as men. Hollywood promotes fantasy while living in a fantasy world where women are second. And Hollywood, time and time again, promotes the lie that no one is interested in a female POV. Men – you don’t know how privileged you are. I hear of so many amazing stories about strong women over the past decades – true stories about real girls and women – the courage, the tenacity, the power – yet these stories don’t get made because you carry on the propaganda that says that men are the heroes – Batman, Superman, Spiderman – and girls and women are the pretty, plain, mother or whore. Look around where you work and where you live. Do you see weak women? Are your sisters, mothers, girlfriends, wives, women friends – all just weak little sexual things who just want to get married and can’t do anything without a man? We fight, we are heroes, we travel the world, we create – we are real. We want our stories. We want them, not for selfish Hollywood reason to make $$$$, but to show girls and women out there that life doesn’t belong to men. Men are part of it and are amazing, no one is disputing that, what we are fighting for is our stories to be told. How can 52% of the population be treated like 3% of the population? The reason why black actors and filmmakers couldn’t get on the industry was because of racism. Everyone agrees with that. Now men don’t see that with women that the only reason we don’t have more than two female directors at Cannes is down to sexism and not, as is often stated by idiot men, that we just aren’t good enough – we don’t have the balls to be a director. There was a time when women were not allowed to run a marathon. 2014 – and nothing has changed.

 

Ginger Liu

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Blue is the Warmest Color new posters

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Princesses go head to head for Oscar race

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Another major contender for next years Oscar race was confirmed today with Diana, starring Naomi Watts in the title role, being picked up for U.S. distribution by Entertainment One (Deadline). This puts the film in contention at the 87th Academy Awards in 2014 and will peg Watts for the best actress gong against best pal Nicole Kidman for her role as Grace of Monaco.

Diana tells the story of Princess Diana’s love affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, whom she met before Dodi Fayed, and is directed byDownfall’s Oliver Hirschbiegal. Khan, played by ABC’s Lost star Naveen Andrews, has to try and cope with dating the most famous woman in the world.

Grace of Monaco was not in competition at Cannes but never-the-less was scooped up by The Weinstein Co. who will heavily promote the film throughout the awards season later this year. Grace is directed by La Vie en Rose helmer, Olivier Dahan.

In Defense of Women Behind Film

French feminist group La Barbe set out to cause a media storm when it drew attention to the lack of women directorsin competition at this year Cannes Film Festival. In the US,Women In Film took up the baton with a Change petition that gained more than 2000 signatures from powerful film and media women such as Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler and Gillian Armstrong.

I’ve been forwarding the media message and presscoverage from film publications like IndieWire to social networks where the tone of conversation has been a tad expected with remarks about “stop whining,” quite astonishing and ignorant comments about how women just aren’t good enough to direct and that there’s absolutely no sexism involved in this male-centric business of moving pictures. All comments from men, naturally.

But I did receive one beacon of hope; a clear headed intelligent response from Hunter Todd of Houston’s World Fest, the longest running indie film fest in the world. Here’s what he had to say:

WorldFest has always had a special place for Femme Directors, and we always include them every year, from all over the world. This year, 35 female directors out of 155 films! Take that Cannes! Interestingly enough, we have no agenda about women directors, we only select our films because they are good! “Excellence is our only agenda” and 35 female directors were selected for screening and for Remi Awards. I does make one wonder about the selection process in other festivals if they cannot find one female director and we picked 35!”

The 46th WorldFest is 04/12-21, 2013

And that’s the message that every woman in film is advocating but seems to fall on deaf male ears – we don’t want to be special, we want a fair crack at the system.

Ginger Liu