August 22, 2008

Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Mike Leigh

The man has always gotten it. Many of his movies have starred women in interesting and substantive roles. His newest and most upbeat, Happy Go Lucky opens in October.

"I'm a feminist, though that's not where I came from,"

"As a film-maker, I feel I have to make good parts for women because there aren't many in the world, parts that are not just male fantasies."

Wouldn't it be great if other male filmmakers thought the same way?
Mike Leigh: portraying women as "not just male fantasies" (AFP)
photo: Simon Mein courtesy of Miramax Films