by Grant Cronin
Juliette Binoche, Jessica Chastain, Freida Pinto and director Catherine Hardwicke have joined the not-for-profit production company We Do It Together; through producing movies and television shows they aim to improve opportunities for women and end gender discrimination in Hollywood. Hardwicke herself has spoken in the past about her first-hand experiences of sexism within the industry.
The founding of We Do It Together comes after a number of scathing critiques of Hollywood’s inherent gender inequality from a number of high-profile stars such as Patricia Arquette, Meryl Streep and Keira Knightly.
Others involved in We Do It Together include Queen Latifah, Phil Lord, Len Amato and Zhang Ziyi amongst many others. Productions will be initially funded by grants, corporate sponsors and individual donations but they hope to reinvest profits from productions to create a self-sustaining company.
For me, amidst all the debate about equality in general within Hollywood at the moment this is certainly a one step in the right direction and I look forward to seeing their work. We Do It Together hope to announce their first feature film at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
What are your thoughts? Surely this is nothing but a positive for Hollywood and the film industry?
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