'Me Before You' Director Baffled by the Lack of Female Filmmakers
Me Before You saw its world premiere on Monday at AMC Loews, Lincoln Square in New York, with the film's leading stars Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke taking to the red carpet to promote the film. Conversely, it offers a rarity in that its writer, director, and star are all female.
Director Thea Sharrock expressed her shock at the lack of female talent in Hollywood. “I think it’s absolutely insane,” she said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a job because I’m a woman, and I really hope that I’ve never not gotten a job because I’m a woman, but those figures need to be addressed,” adding, “If we can turn the dial in the positive direction, that would be great.”
Author of the novel Jojo Moyes wrote the screenplay adaptation for the film and has stated that she had a very hands-on role in the making of the feature. “They were so cheerful, and so naughty. I’m going to miss them,” Moyes said about working on the film project. “We all cried on the last day because none of us wanted to leave.”