Feminism on the red carpet

Cannes stars speak out against sexism in film

The Cannes Film Festival may be famous for stars stepping out on the red carpet in a show-stopping gown, but 2014’s festival is fast becoming known as the year actresses spoke out about sexism in Hollywood.

Following on from director – and this year’s jury president – Jane Campion’s comments about the industry being ‘undemocratic’ and sexism ‘inherent’, actress Naomi Watts said, ‘Jane Campion is right to say that there’s an inherent sexism in the film industry.

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‘But there’s also a lack of women putting themselves forward […] female directors and actors have a different voice, different stories. It’s not helpful to be compared to men.’

And Watts and Campion are not the only ones: at a press conference for How To Train Your Dragon 2, Cate Blanchett spoke out about being asked about life as a working mother, saying: ‘How do you balance? How do you have it all? It’s certainly a question that’s never asked of men.’

So where do we go from here? Do you think women are misrepresented on screen? Let us know your thoughts: tweet us @ELLEUK.

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