Sunday 15 September 2019

The Dressmaker's Kate Winslet says more female film directors would be 'amazing'

Kate Winslet attending a screening of The Dressmaker at the Mayfair Hotel in London
Kate Winslet attending a screening of The Dressmaker at the Mayfair Hotel in London

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has said it would be "amazing" if more women directed films.

But the 40-year-old star admitted she has no plans to take the director's seat herself as she attended a special screening of her new film, The Dressmaker, at the Mayfair Hotel in London.

She said: "I don't know. It is something that has not particularly occurred to me."

Australian filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse directed the 1950s comedy drama, in which Winslet plays Tilly Dunnage, an Australian fashion designer who returns home to right the wrongs of her past.

The actress and mother-of-three continued: "I admire directors so much because they take on a great deal. It's not just about the actors, it's about the whole look of the film and dealing with so many people that you have to function with every single day. It's a big old job and I admire Jocelyn who has four children of her own and somehow she seems perfectly calm, together and never seems flustered.

"I'm not sure that I could remain that calm if I was a director. I think I would find it really stressful."

Winslet said she would like to see more women making movies.

"That would be amazing. I don't know why there aren't more female directors.

"But I don't have the answers to any of these big questions I'm being asked a lot at the moment.

"I'm just an actor at the end of the day and I think because I've been so outspoken about body image in the past, people look at me to have big statements to make and I just don't."

She added: "But I loved working with Jocelyn and I felt very fortunate to work with another female director, having worked with a couple before."

Winslet was referring to her earlier comments about the gender pay gap, after actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Sharon Stone spoke out on the subject.

She told both the BBC and ITN that the conversations surrounding the inequality were "uncomfortable and vulgar", remarks which she reiterated at the premiere.

Based on Rosalie Ham's novel of the same name, The Dressmaker also stars Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis.

"I absolutely jumped on this because the script was so fantastic. It was a lot of fun to be a part of it," Winslet said.

"It really did strike me as something quite risky too because with a film like that, you just don't know what it's going to be like.

"I looked at the other actors and I knew Judy Davis was going to be playing my senile eccentric mother. For me this ticked a lot of creative boxes."

The Dressmaker opens in UK cinemas on November 20.

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