June 19, 2008

Celebrating Diane English and The Women

We're going to hear a lot over the next couple of months how it took Diane English one of the most successful female TV producers over a decade to get her passion project The Women made. I think it's important to keep telling this story because honestly if Diane English has such a hard time, what about the rest of the women who don't have her money and stature.

Women in Film gave English its Crystal award for excellence in film.

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I was advised by people I have the utmost respect for to walk away, Ironically, in 1939, (the all-female cast) was not an issue. The movie was made, and it was a smash. But in the year 2008, it is a huge issue.

Now, English and company hope that female filmgoers who feel underserved by traditional Hollywood fare will support the film when it's released later this year. Women need to reach into their purses and vote with their wallets, she says. Money talks, and Hollywood listens. That's the only way things will change.
Diane English, 'The Women' receive the WIF Crystal Award for excellence in film (Hollywood Reporter)
Women in Film salutes 'The Women' director, along with cast (USA Today)