Saturday 29 April 2017

'Brooklyn' premiere: Saoirse Ronan praises Jennifer Lawrence's 'wage gap' campaign

Bono & wife Ali Hewson join guests at the Irish Premiere of Brooklyn at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland - 22.10.15. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM **IRISH RIGHTS ONLY** *** Local Caption *** Saoirse Ronan, Bono & wife Ali Hewson
Bono & wife Ali Hewson join guests at the Irish Premiere of Brooklyn at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland - 22.10.15. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM **IRISH RIGHTS ONLY** *** Local Caption *** Saoirse Ronan, Bono & wife Ali Hewson
Bono & wife Ali Hewson join guests at the Irish Premiere of Brooklyn at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland - 22.10.15. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM
Saoirse Ronan meets fans at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy
Saoirse Ronan, Bono & wife Ali Hewson at the Irish Premiere of Brooklyn at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM
Saoirse Ronan meets fans at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic: Brian McEvoy
Brooklyn Author Colm Toibin and Saoirse Ronan at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy
Saoire Ronan,Ali Hewson and husband Bono pictured tonight Saoirse Ronan at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy
The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Designer Helen Steele and Saoirse Ronan pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Helen Murray and Frank Murray pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Fasion Designer Helen Steele and Saoirse Ronan pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Director John Crowley pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Actress Eileen O Higgins pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Stephen Mannion and Eamon Farrell pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Author of Brooklyn Colm Toibin pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Producer Fionula Dwyer pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Actor Iarla O Lionaird pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Finola Dwyer and Saoirse Ronan pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Bono & wife Ali Hewson join guests at the Irish Premiere of Brooklyn at The Savoy, Dublin, Ireland - 22.10.15. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM **IRISH RIGHTS ONLY** *** Local Caption *** Saoirse Ronan, Ali Hewson, Bono
Artist Guggi and son Alijah Rowen pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
John Conway and Fiona Wier pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Jenn Murray pictured at The Irish premiere screening of the film Brooklyn at The Savoy Cinema Dublin, Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
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Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

ACTRESS Saoirse Ronan has praised Jennifer Lawrence for penning a “wage gap” essay and for highlighting the film industry’s depiction of women on screen.

Ronan attended the Irish premiere of Brooklyn in Dublin’s Savoy cinema this evening and spoke of the frustration she feels regarding the dearth of strong female roles.

“I hope with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence speaking out it forces things to change,” she said.

“There are so many roles where women are simply supporting. They are the crutch, the sister, the assistant or the girlfriend and that’s as far as the definition goes. That needs to change.”

Ronan said she was shocked recently when a close friend auditioned for a role in a movie where the female character was described as “the leading man’s type”.

“It said ‘just his type’, that was the character's description.

“That has to change and in order to change we need to have more female directors, producers and writers.”

Set in the 1950s, Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish woman who moves to the US. The film has generated plenty of Oscar buzz and Ronan hopes it will shift industry attitudes towards female roles.

“I hope we’ll start to see more films about women and women’s interactions. I hope we’ll see films where women actually help each other rather than being catty of bitchy [towards each other].”

The premiere attracted a plethora of well known faces including Bono, Ali Hewson, Caroline Downey, and Colm Toibin.

Actress Eva Birthistle and Jenn Murray also attended.

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