Content warning: sexual harassment
This week we’ve got more grim news about sexual harassment in the film industry but we’re also celebrating the hard work and originality of marginalised creators, including a bunch of Golden Globe nominations. Stay vigilant but hold onto hope, friends – beyond Hollywood, there’s a lot of good work going on, pointing to a brighter future for the industry.
The 2018 Golden Globe Nominations Are Nominally Diverse
The 2018 Golden Globe nominations have been announced and this year, diversity is clearly visible. Nominations include Get Out, Call Me By Your Name, and Lady Bird, highlighting works from marginalised creators and films that explore queer narratives. However, actor nominations are not quite so diverse with only five people of colour, including Daniel Kaluuya and Octavia Spencer, nominated across all six motion picture categories.
Nominations for television shows and stars include Black-ish, Aziz Ansari, and Issa Rae. Though diversity seems evident whilst looking through this year’s nominations list, it’s also a very white list. Alongside the recent controversy around the categorisation of Get Out as a comedy, greater acknowledgement of creators of colour would have been much appreciated.
Alongside the nominations announcement, we also learned that many actresses will be wearing black to protest sexual harassment in the industry. Whilst some believe boycotting the event would have a larger effect, sexual harassment has already affected many women’s careers and this protest might highlight the issue without reducing women’s presence at an important (though flawed) industry event.
Salma Hayek And Morgan Spurlock Reveal Even More Sexual Harassment In The Film Industry
Sexual harassment continues to be uncovered within the industry this week, with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock admitting to a long history of sexual misconduct both in and out of his career. In a somewhat self-indulgent blog post, Spurlock details a number of instances where he sexually assaulted and harassed women in his personal and professional lives. Spurlock ends the post with a promise to do better and to listen to women.
Meanwhile, Salma Hayek has spoken out about Harvey Weinstein, describing various instances of attempted sexual assault. Hayek’s account also explains why she continued to work with Weinstein after these experiences, including fear of damaging her career and pressure to conform to the social acceptance of sexual abuse.
Accounts like these remind us of the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse not just within the film and TV industry, but in all areas of our society. It remains important to uplift the voices of women and survivors, refusing to dim the spotlight on this widespread and poisonous problem.
The SAG Awards To Be Presented Entirely By Women
Kristen Bell will host the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, with each award presented by women. The move is designed to highlight, celebrate, and support women in a male-dominated industry festering with sexual harassment and abuse. It’s a small step but one seeking to address the imbalance and lack of women’s representation in film and television.
Cool Projects From Cool People
Gook director Justin Chon is working on his next feature with MACRO. Chon will be writing and directing the project although no further details have been announced yet. MACRO has already showcased their commitment to diverse narratives featuring people of colour, in titles including Mudbound and Fences.
Tiffany Haddish is set to star in and executive produce new satirical thriller The Oath. Haddish will star alongside John Cho and Carrie Brownstein in the film, set in a divided America where citizens must take an oath of loyalty. Further details are yet to come but The Oath looks set to be a relevant film featuring a diverse cast of colour.
Guillermo Del Toro is working on a remake of Nightmare Alley, a 1947 ‘carnival-noir’ centring on a scheme between two carnival con artists. Del Toro is planning to direct the movie but it’s unlikely to be his next project. Nonetheless, it’s an opportunity for more of the filmmaker’s lush visuals and on-screen representation, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this project develops.
Kylie Bunbury looks set to star in the lead role for upcoming Get Christie Love reboot. The show is based on a ‘70s blaxploitation TV movie and series, following a black female undercover detective. With Vin Diesel producing, Get Christie Love aims to be an action-packed drama featuring a cast of colour.
Teen romance Every Day just dropped a new trailer, showcasing a diverse cast of young stars. The film follows Rhiannon (played by Angourie Rice) who falls in love with a genderless spirit called A. A inhabits a new body each day allowing the film to highlight actors across a variety of gender identities and ethnicities. Stars include Ian Alexander and Justice Smith. Every Day could offer a fresh take on often-heteronormative teen romance fare, as the trailer explicitly features queer themes, although we’re yet to see whether it will fall into ‘colour-blind’ territory.
- Steven Caple Jr will direct Creed 2 instead of Sylvester Stallone. The film is expected to hit cinemas at the end of 2018.
- Ian Chen and Jovan Armand have been cast in DC’s upcoming Shazam! They will play friends of Billy Batson.
- Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley Jr. has joined the cast of Luce, an upcoming drama about an African teenager and former child soldier who now lives with an adoptive white American family.
- Michael Che is set to be Saturday Night Live’s next head writer, making him the first person of colour to be head writer for the show.
- The Disney-Fox deal is done, with Disney buying out a number of assets including 20th Century Fox Studios. Whilst many are speculating about what this means for their favourite superhero franchises, the Writers Guild is concerned about what the merger means for creators.
- Quintessential buddy cop movie 48 Hrs is getting a remake, written by Josh Safdie, Ronald Bronstein and Jerrod Carmichael.
- OK so it’s not film or TV but it does feature a bunch of talented actors: the BBC’s radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys will air from the 25th December, with a talented cast that includes Joseph Marcell, Angela Wynter, Jacob Anderson, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. The show will be available to stream worldwide, making it ideal festive listening.