Tired Of The Narrow Way Women Are Portrayed In Film? The Problem Starts During Casting.

"Can you be more ... thin?"

Leading ladies in movies and on TV are supposed to be feisty, bold, and clever, right? That's what these women, portrayed by some A-list British actresses, believe when they show up to an audition to read lines for a part. What they experience, though, is the Powers That Be asking them to make changes that tear the character in question down.


"It's what I've always wanted. The chance to speak —" Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke started before getting cut off by the casters, played by Gemma Arterton, Catherine Tate, and Anthony Welsh.

Throughout the video, female stars such as Felicity Jones and Stacy Martin are told to smile more, avoid crying (unless it's not ugly and is done sensually), wear more makeup, and not wear any clothes at all. 

Comments that cut a lot deeper and are way more personal come after those. Florence Pugh is told to be "more thin." Biracial actress Gemma Chan is told to be "more White." Fellow Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is brushed aside after being told that she is simply too old. Wunmi Mosaku is who is mistaken to be just someone just there to fetch coffee and, after insisting to get a chance, is told "it's not that kind of film." Katie Leung, portraying an assistant with stars in her eyes, is laughed out of the room when she tries to take a shot at the reading.

It seems as though the casters won't find their lead until the very last person walks into the room and, unexpectedly, gets the role.

Watch the "Leading Lady Parts" video here:

The short film was written and directed by Jessica Swale and produced by Arterton, Jessica Malik, and Jessica Parker of Rebel Park Productions. It's the first of a new series created to portray women in the media and the challenges they — as well as women from workplaces across all industries — face on a daily basis. The actresses involved all worked for free on the project that was about 98 percent female in regards to its crew.

According to the L.A. Times, Arterton said the work is not directly tied to the Time's Up movement in the U.S. or the U.K., but is instead Time's Up-inspired. After all, the final words uttered in the clip are "me too."


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