Jennifer Kent, the filmmaker behind the horror film The Babadook (2014), returns to select theaters tomorrow with a revisionist Australian Western feminist revenge fantasy, The Nightingale (2019), according to The A.V. Club. Set in 1825 Tasmania (then known as Van Diemen’s Land), Aisling Franciosi stars as Clare, an Irish convict searching the wilderness with the help of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) to kill the English Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) who raped her. Reviewer A.A. Dowd grades the picture with an A-, praising Kent for her tasteful approach to what could have easily been an exploitative rape-and-revenge B-movie.
The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film published findings this month which indicate that out of nine hundred seventy independent films, women’s representation among writers and executive producers increased six percent this year, according to Ms. Unfortunately, only thirty-two percent of the writers, executive producers, producers, editors, directors, and cinematographers surveyed are women, and male-directed independent movies are screened twice as often at film festivals as those directed by women. Furthermore, Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem’s Women’s Media Center says just three percent of science fiction and superhero pictures released this decade were directed by women; however, the path to change is clear, as “Indie Women: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women in Independent Film” outlines that seventy-two percent of writers behind female-directed films in 2019 are women.
Filmmaker, actress, and progressive Haley Webb accused co-star Kevin Sorbo of sexually harassing her whilst filming Alejandro Itkin and Hunter Carson’s Single in South Beach (2015) on Thursday over Twitter, according to The Daily Dot. The thirty-three-year-old Webb alleges that the sixty-year-old Sorbo openly shamed her on set when she turned down his advances, then insisted on shooting a gratuitous sex scene between their two characters. Webb’s claim was a response to a tweet Sorbo posted Tuesday in defense of Sarah Huckabee Sanders; Sorbo, who has yet to reply to Webb, is a Christian film staple, starring in Harold Cronk’s God’s Not Dead (2014).