Thursday 27 October 2016

Irish star Amber Jean joins Meryl Streep's calls for more women in the movie industry

Amber Jean
Amber Jean
Meryl Streep

Irish actress Amber Jean Rowan believes there should be more women working behind the scenes in the film industry.

The Dublin beauty, who first shot to fame in Ireland as a model, is fast becoming one of the country's fastest rising stars.

Amber believes women's roles on screen can be weak as films are often aimed at young men.

"I find a lot of female characters are quite singular in their personality and you've got to try and make them more dynamic," she said.

Amber, who recently landed a role on the ABC's pilot for its Amanda Knox-inspired series Guilt, said that more women working in director and producer roles in Hollywood would "definitely help" in creating more of a gender balance on screen.

"A lot of films are targeted to hit one demographic; young men. So obviously that means fast cars and hot women," Amber told Debrief.

"Back in the days of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn … because back then writing was as a more feminine thing to do, there was loads of strong female roles."

Amber isn't the only actress who believes there needs to be more women in the movie business - Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has also said it is "infuriating" that the film-making industry continues to be male-dominated.

The US star - who plays political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in her latest film Suffragette - criticised popular movie ratings site Rotten Tomatoes for its lack of female contributors.

"A huge part of this business is driven by buzz. I wanted to find out what controls buzz. In the United States, when people go to find a movie to watch, they go to a website called Rotten Tomatoes," Meryl said.

"So I went deep, deep, deep into Rotten Tomatoes and I counted the contributors - the critics, bloggers and writers who satisfy the strict criteria to be a critic.


"Of those people who are allowed to rate on the 'tomato' meter, there are 168 women. There are 760 men who can rate the tomato meter. If that meter is slanted to one type of taste, that drives the box office.

"It is infuriating because people accept it as received wisdom," she added. "It isn't fair. We need inclusion."

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