With diversity, sexism, and equality being hot topics in Hollywood at the moment, it seems that there is no better time for a female-dominated production company to spring into action than right now.
‘We Do It Together’ (WDIT) is a not-for-profit production company, founded by Italian director Chiara Tilesi, focused on female empowerment and combating the stereotypes which run rife in Hollywood.
The company will be at the forefront of creating female-led films, helping to showcase the work of emerging and established individuals, and fighting against the discrimination which female actors, directors, and producers often face. The creation of the company comes at a perfect time, as a recent look by the Directors Guild of America into screen diversity found that only 16% of television directors in 2015 were female, while only 6.1% of film directors between 2013 and 2014 were female. I’d say that’s more than a little disappointing.
WDIT’s wonderfully diverse advisory board includes Queen Latifah, Juliette Binoche, Freida Pinto, Ziyi Zhang, Jessica Chastain, and directors Catherine Hardwicke, Haifaa al-Mansour, and Małgorzata Szumowska, as well as a host of other talented individuals.
While the company will have a large emphasis on female-led films, it will also feature work from male actors and directors, including board member Hany Abu-Assad, as well as minority voices within the industry.
Founder Chiara Tilesi said that she hoped for a future where niche financing of female-led productions wasn’t necessary, adding:
Power and potential [of film] must be harnessed to challenge the current archaic norms related to women within the entertainment industry. We feel that the way to make this a reality is to give women from around the world a concrete way to express themselves and an on-going structure that will ensure that these stories will be financed and distributed.
With WDIT becoming the latest addition to female-led production companies - joining the ranks of Jessica Chastain’s 'Freckle Films', Reese Witherspoon’s 'Pacific Standard', and Rose Byrne’s 'The Dollhouse Collective', among others - we could finally be seeing more positive steps towards reaching equality in Hollywood.