Patricia Arquette says female filmmakers’ time is yet to come

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Patricia Arquette, who famously used her 2015 Oscar acceptance speech to call for wage equality in Hollywood, spoke out again on the issue of diversity in Hollywood at a panel discussion with young female filmmakers whose movies will be screened during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. She said that people who are still arguing that female filmmakers are less talented than their male counterparts are making a “paleolithic” argument. “That’s always the convenient argument that people have made throughout times on how to oppress other people – that their value is less, that they don’t have a story to tell, that they don’t have the skills, that they aren’t smart enough. I think that’s not a valid argument at all,” she said on Wednesday. “When women are not given the opportunity to do something, you can’t judge the value of what they contributed. You can’t say that their time hasn’t come or that they are not prepared for that.”

The Boyhood-actress also addressed her famous Oscar speech, saying that she had “lost jobs” because of it, but was aware beforehand that this would happen. She discussed the statistic  that only seven percent of the top 250 films in 2015 were directed by women, calling it “unacceptable” for her as a film lover, arguing that film suffers when there is a lack of diversity. “Men of color are not having enough opportunities. Women of color certainly are not having enough opportunities. And, obviously, women in general aren’t having enough opportunities and I think we are suffering for it,” adding that the discussion on equal pay should not be limited to Hollywood alone.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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