As one of the many female stars of Sofia Coppola’s film “The Beguiled”, Nicole Kidman has vowed to work with more female directors moving forward.
While speaking at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, the 49-year-old actress criticized the lack of female filmmakers in Hollywood, while revealing that she plans to set a new precedent for supporting women in film.
“I think it’s necessary,” Kidman told the New Zealand Herald. “Very much a part of my contribution now is being able to say pretty much every 18 months I’m making a movie with a female director because that’s the only way statistics are going to change… So, I’m looking at that for every 18 months. There has to be a female director in the equation.”
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Kidman explained, “Only 4.2 per cent of women directed the main motion pictures of 2016, that’s a statistic from the Women in Film group. There were 4,000 episodic television series last year and only 183 women directed them. That says it all. So I think that’s an important thing to say and keep saying.”
“The Beguiled” stars Kidman alongside Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and Colin Farrell, and is set during the American Civil War. Directed by Coppola, the film is an adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel of the same name and was previously adapted by Don Siegel in 1971, but has been reimagined from the female perspective.
Kidman and Farrell also star together in director Yorgos Lanthimos’s drama “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” about a prominent surgeon who adopts a teenager only to find things take a terrible turn. See what the stars had to say about audience reaction to their new film at Cannes below.