In my last post about my 2015 Oscar predictions I briefly mentioned that both “Gone Girl” and “Wild” were produced by the same company and that I would be going into detail about it on a future post and here it is. This blog is about providing my own take on industry news but also a place where I can highlight aspects of the entertainment business that often don’t get the space they deserve.
This is the case with Pacific Standard, a relatively young production company, created by actress Reese Witherspoon and producer Bruna Papandrea, that focuses on bringing to the screens strong female lead characters. Refreshing, right?
The two women got together after Reese came to the realization that there’s a big scarcity of strong female-driven features being made and decided to get in the game. She wasn’t wrong – a study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media recently found out that fewer than 30% of all speaking roles in movies are given to women, and worse, women make up the same small fraction of lead protagonists.
Reese and Bruna have done amazing work so far with two stunning films, “Gone Girl” directed by David Fincher and starred by Rosamund Pike and “Wild”, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starred by Reese. Both actresses’ performances were acclaimed by the critics and received Oscar nominations, the results of which will be seen this Sunday. Box office-wise, “Wild” did ok but “Gone Girl” was an absolute hit, snatching over $350 million worldwide. (Here we must consider that “Gone Girl” not only had Fincher attached to it but was also marketed as a male-driven movie..Isn’t that interesting? I wan’t to believe this was an effort to conceal the plot twist but there’s a voice in the back of my head that knows better.)
As a woman, a humanist and someone who strives to dedicate my work to creating value to the world I have nothing but admiration for these two inspiring ladies and the great service to humanity they’re doing. I, for one, am looking forward to their next projects and will be there when they come out.
Like the story? Variety has a great article that goes on in further detail about Pacific Standard, check it out!
How do you feel about how women are portrait in entertainment?