Does it feel like a more positive time now, as a female director?
I mean, I have to say yes. But, yes it does: I just wanna keep seeing the women in this room who made incredible films keep getting opportunities they deserve to get. I think that’s only really going to happen when we keep pushing and talking about these issues – it’s not going to happen on its own.
How exactly do you feel around the predominantly female Sundance London line-up?
It’s incredible. I mean I’m sitting across Debra Granik – I loved Winter’s Bone and she is such an example, as many women are, of someone who made an incredible film and launched the career of Jennifer Lawrence and then has taken her a while to get that next film. And that is way too common. You think, if a man had made that film, they would have had opportunities lining up for them.
Yeah, it was so upsetting in the documentary to see how little opportunities Catherine Hardwicke got after finishing Twilight.
Yeah, exactly! I mean Hollywood’s a business so a lot of the conversation has been: women would get hired more if their movies made more money. But their movies do make money and they still don’t get those opportunities. So, it’s not even an economic argument: it’s a cultural argument.