Is The Film Industry Sexist?

Carey Mulligan argues movies are still hugely unequal

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Carey Mulligan has spoken out against the film industry, saying that ‘there’s a lack of material for women. A lack of great stories for women.’

She went on to add that: ‘In terms of the amount of interesting roles there are for women it’s obviously massively sexist.’

In her interview with Time Out, Mulligan also spoke about her upcoming film, Suffragette, which is about the women’s rights movement in the early 20th century. ‘The mere fact that it’s taken 100 years for this story to be told is hugely revealing. This is the story of equal rights in Britain, and it took years of struggle and women being tortured, abused and persecuted, and it’s never been put on-screen. It’s such a reflection of our film industry that that story hasn’t been told yet,’ she said.

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This isn’t the first time in recent months that a Hollywood actress has talked about the inequalities in the industry. We loved Patricia Arquette’s rousing acceptance speech at the Oscars, in which she called for equal pay, and equal rights, for women. And Keira Knightley also questioned the female imbalance in Hollywood in an interview with Amanda de Cadenet for Violet magazine.

There is still so much work to be done for women to gain equality in the film industry (and even more for people of colour, people with disabilities and other marginalised groups), but it’s great that people are speaking out about the discrimination – hopefully it will spark change soon.

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