New York Film Festival World Premiere of She saidbased on the book of the same name about The New York TimesDirector Maria Schrader said Thursday night that the investigation into decades of alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein was an “unforgettable moment.”
Schrader said she and the team behind Universal, which she’s been working on for four weeks, had been hoping the movie would debut in New York.
She said, “That’s actually what we were hoping for because that’s where you belong.” The Hollywood Reporter previous to She saidthe first show.
The film was shown at the prestigious Fall Festival frequented by Weinstein himself in his prime. The world premiere took place as Weinstein’s sexual assault trial began in Los Angeles. He was convicted of rape at a trial in New York in early 2020.
But Thursday night, the focus was on women, as the red carpet event hosted not only many of the female characters behind the film, including times The journalists who worked on the 2017 show, but also the women who accused Weinstein of misconduct.
Among the survivors in attendance was Ashley Judd, whose registered account was a major component of timesExposé and who participated in a panel discussion after the screening of the film.
Talking about Weinstein, Judd, who was grieving the death of her mother Naomi Judd earlier this year, sounded emotional as she remembered supporting her mother when she decided to come forward.
“I just want to remember when I was talking to my mother about all this, and she said, ‘Oh, go get her, my dear, in her gentle way, in light colors…not a punitive bone in her body,’” Judd said at the post-screening panel. by my own audacity, as I later heard from my friends.”
Judd even plays herself in the movie and said that during filming she “goed on to tell the story” of what happened to her and Weinstein in 1996 at the Peninsula Hotel.
The film’s cast also includes another of Weinstein’s accusers, Sarah Ann Maas. While Masse’s personal experience (she says he sexually assaulted her when she interviewed his children) is not included in the film, she plays business reporter Emily Steele.
Maas, who launched the Hire Survivors Hollywood initiative, said she had hoped Universal would hire survivors for this film.
“I actually spoke to a couple of people at the company and they were very responsive, but then I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Massey said. THR before the first show. “A few months later, a lot of us got a call saying to audition for this movie. I wasn’t expecting to get an audition, I just hoped they would include some survivors. So I was obviously thrilled and I auditioned for the part and got it.”
Screenwriter Rebecca Linkewicz said that positioning and identifying with the women who spoke out against Weinstein was key in writing the screenplay. THR Before the premiere, while Schrader felt a strong responsibility to get the details right, to do justice to the sensitivity of the subject.
“The biggest challenge was to honor all those who were involved in speaking out and in the investigation,” Linkewicz said. “So the challenge was to accurately portray the journalists and great journalism and show how brave and resilient the survivors are.”
Both Lenkiewicz and actor Andre Braugher who plays a former role times Executive editor Dean Paquet said on the film that they are excited to be working on a film that aims to highlight misconduct in Hollywood.
“Working in Hollywood makes you want to tell the story more because you want to be able to work in an industry that doesn’t. [tolerate] Such appalling behavior,” Lenkiewicz said.
Prager added that he feels the film has “the ability to tell a story that isn’t really told, a story you can’t get from audio clips on TV.”
and Jennifer Ahl — who plays Laura Madden, a former Weinstein employee who said, according to 2017 times expoé, who urged her to get a massage – said she hoped the audience would take on “the power of the collective voice of people who stand together and support each other”.
“I think it is very important, especially at this time, for all of us to realize that, whatever we believe in, if we all stand with other people who believe in the same thing that it is possible to change practices and outcomes or at least set things in a state,” she said. movement, adding that the film also shows “the power of investigative journalism and how important it is to protect the press and a free press.”
In terms of changes that have occurred since timesThe Weinstein investigation, which opened the door for other sexual misconduct survivors to progress, Zoe Kazan, who plays Judy Kantor in the film, Judd and others pointed to more open conversations and a broader understanding of what is and is not acceptable behavior. .
But Kazan said, “There is a lot of change left to be made.”
She said during the post-screening hearing, apparently referring to a leak of the Supreme Court’s opinion overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling.
One of Weinstein’s first accusers, Ambra Batilana Gutierrez, who reported to the New York Police in 2015 that Weinstein assaulted her, still indicated that she was and still hopes for a better future.
“[In 2015,] I was basically the only one who spoke. I was alone and I felt helpless, but I don’t know why I still had hope inside me that I was still doing the right thing, that something would happen,” Gutierrez said. scale, and make more people come forward and also try to do justice through the laws that are being made, because now they are trying to change, at the roots, what is wrong. With the #MeToo movement and how powerful women are, there is more potential to try to fix situations that happened in the past.”
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