Catherine Hardwicke on 'The Fighter': "I Was Told It Had to Be Directed By a Man"
Even after Kathryn Bigelow won the "Best Director" Oscar last year, Catherine Hardwicke says women are still having to "fight" in Hollywood in order to make it against men.
Catherine, director of Twilight, says she wasn't even allowed to pitch to direct Mark Wahlberg's The Fighter.
"I couldn't get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million," she told TheWrap. "I was told it had to be directed by a man — am I crazy?"
"It's about action, it's about boxing, so a man has to direct it ... But they'll let a man direct Sex in the City or any girly movie you've ever heard of."
But showing no hard feelings, Catherine did say she liked what David O. Russell ended up doing with the film.
According to San Diego State University's annual report, “The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2010,” women only made up 7 percent of directors of major motion pictures in 2010.
Even though they are making improvements, Catherine says women still face plenty of discrimination.
The reports shows that the percentage of women directing major movies decreased from 9 percent in 1998 to 7 percent in 2009 and 2010.
In addition, women made up 2 percent of all cinematographers, 10 percent of all writers, 15 percent of all executive producers, 18 percent of all editors and 24 percent of all producers in 2010.
“These numbers are just remarkably stable,” executive director of San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Films, Martha M. Lauzen, said.
But, some have broken what Lauzen calls the "celluloid ceiling" like Kathryn did last year.