For many years now, there has been a huge amount of talk about the gender inequality in Hollywood and, while we have seen some positive steps being taken in recent years, there is still a long way to go before the problem is completely resolved. Not only is there a big pay difference between men and women in Hollywood, but we also do not get to see enough female moviemakers being given the chance they deserve in the business.
Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman has been working in the acting industry for decades now, so she certainly knows first hand what has been happening in the business. Nicole has now spoken out about the gender issue in Hollywood, trying to encourage the women in the movie industry to start sticking together and working together, to make that change happen.
Kidman was chatting during a press conference for her new movie The Beguiled, at the Cannes Film Festival, when she said, "Still only about four per cent of women directed the major motion pictures of 2016. That there says it all. I think that's an important thing to say and keep saying. Luckily, we had Jane Campion and Sofia here. We as women have to support female directors, that's a given now. Everyone is saying it's so different now - but it isn't. Listen to the statistics."
As for her new movie The Beguiled, as well as starring Nicole Kidman, the cast also includes Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, and Oona Laurence, among others. The Beguiled has been directed by Sofia Coppola and is due for release on June 30 in the US, before then opening on July 14 in the UK.