How Nicole Kidman’s Choice Of Film Projects Could Help Break Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling

Will other leading ladies take up this gauntlet, too?

Nicole Kidman is supporting a whopping four projects at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and she is admittedly "happy" that two of those have her working with female directors. Why? Because it's all part of a self-imposed challenge that could be crucial to changing the landscape of film.

"It's not crazy to me. It's just the nature of the beast," Kidman aptly responded when Variety asked about how crazy it was that, in 2017, female directors are still a rarity. "But that's why I'm happy to be with two female directors in Cannes."

The 49-year-old actress went on to reveal that she has actually set a goal for herself to work with female directors more often and on a regular basis.

"It's part of my trajectory now — every year I'm going, 'I've got to choose a female to work with,' " Kidman explained. "I have a lot of female friends who are directors or trying to be directors. They are there."


This is certainly coming from a good place, and could mean that female directors can look forward to having A-list talent such as Kidman on the lookout for their projects. Plus, it seems attainable when looking at what Kidman is promoting at Cannes.

The Oscar winner is promoting four works, and half of them have women at the helm: Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer; Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled; John Cameron Mitchell's How to Talk to Girls at Parties; and season 2 of Jane Campion's Top of the Lake, another TV show fresh off her stint on Big Little Lies.

While there's not much else to go off in the interview, we love that Kidman is declaring her goal to work with more women behind the camera, especially since it's an issue plaguing Hollywood. One study revealed that, for the top 1,000 films made between 2007 and 2016, only 4 percent were directed by women. Another study took the top 250 films of 2016 and noted that there was only 7 percent representation for female directors — a drop of 2 percent from 2015.

Hopefully, this will lead to more leading ladies making efforts to work with female directors in ways similar to which Kidman is doing. Perhaps then we might see some real change. As for now, though, it's still a man's world in the realm of directing.

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