Jennifer Lawrence has announced that she will be executively producing a television documentary series that examines the current #MeToo and Times Up movements. The Hollywood actress, famous for starring in films such as The Hunger Games and X-Men, made the announcement while speaking at The Wing, a women-only workspace, in New York to promote her new film Red Sparrow. She revealed “I’m going to be EPing a show with Catt Sadler” before continuing “I wasn’t supposed to announce that but I am.”
Catt Sadler quit her presenting role at E! after 12 years in May last year after discovering that her male co-presenters including Jason Kennedy were earning double her salary. Sadler told Cosmopolitan “there’s a part of me that wants to fight that fricken fight for all those women because I can”. “Women were speaking up in very brave, courageous, raw ways that we don’t normally hear about”. “I felt empowered because I got the sense that the culture was becoming more receptive to and more supportive of these stories.”
Information surrounding the documentary series is limited, however it is expected that it will cover issues including gender wage equality, sexual harassment and the recent social movements taking place in the entertainment industry. No studio has announced that they have signed on to produce the series yet, however The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Stephanie Soechtig, an award-winning documentary film director, is set to be producing the series.
“It will cover issues including gender wage equality, sexual harassment and recent social movements”
Lawrence is well-known for supporting and being out spoken about issues surrounding women’s rights in Hollywood. She has frequently spoke out about the gender pay inequality revealing that she was paid noticeably less than her male co-stars for the box-office hit American Hustle. The 27-year-old actress has also released statements regarding the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal that sparked the Times Up movement that has dominated the recent awards season including this year’s BAFTAS.
Weinstein was accused by multiple actresses and other women across the industry of sexual assault and harassment. This lead to a show of support from influential women across the industry who spoke out against the male privilege and gender power hierarchy that is evident across the globe.
Following allegations from Weinstein’s defence team claiming she has spoken positively of the disgraced director she said:
“Harvey Weinstein and his company are continuing to do what they have always done which is to take things out of context and use them for their own benefit. This is what predators do, and it must stop. For the record, while I was not victimised personally by Harvey Weinstein, I stand behind the women who have survived his terrible abuse”
The timing of the documentary is extremely relevant due to the heightened attention surrounding women’s rights and treatment. Although there is no currently release date set, and it is yet to be confirmed if production has begun it is expected that the docu-series will land late this year. Whenever it is released we are sure the series will capture the attention of television fans across the globe.
Last modified: 12th March 2018