Catherine Hardwicke Turned Down For Job Because of Gender

Catherine Hardwicke has the upcoming Red Riding Hood hitting screens next month, but apparently she couldn’t even make a pitch for another movie because she is a woman. Moviefone has not only Catherine’s quote, but an analysis of the situation.

“…it’s Catherine Hardwicke, who’s revealed that she was blocked from pitching to direct ‘The Fighter’ because she’s a woman.

Hardwicke told The Wrap last week: “I couldn’t get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million. I was told it had to be directed by a man — am I crazy? It’s about action, it’s about boxing, so a man has to direct it … But they’ll let a man direct ‘Sex in the City’ or any girly movie you’ve ever heard of.”

It would be quite easy to immediately jump on that particular $400 million movie. ‘Twilight’ isn’t the sort of fare that will give anyone a lot of clout at the bargaining tables outside of teen romance. The rabid fandom that led to the series’ success, and the subject matter and treatment at hand are quite narrow in focus. It might seem like a stretch for the woman known for only tackling youth-based subjects to get a drama about an adult male boxer and his brother.

But to do so ignores two key points.

One: Hollywood has always allowed fro surprising choices.

Two: Hardwicke didn’t say she was refused because of her past work.”

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  1. This is a tough subject because, although I feel like Catherine Hardwicke would have done a phenomenal job with “The Fighter,” I kind of feel like the Twilight films should be directed by a woman. I feel like Hardwicke “got” Twilight more than either of the other two male directors. She captured the passion, and made the movie very artistic in a surreal way. I know there are some fans who are haters of Hardwicke out there, but in my opinion she MADE Twilight. Bill Condon seems to be doing a great job so far, but I just really feel like this is a series for women, and so it should have a woman director. Thus, I can’t really judge “The Fighter” too much, because then I would be being hypocritical.

    • That’s reverse discrimination

      • Yes, maybe, but it’s true. Twilight was written by a woman and for women, and Edward is perfect because a woman created his character to be the ideal man. So, naturally, I think a woman director is appropriate.

  2. This isn’t about a specific movie. It isn’t about how much money her films have or haven’t made. It’s about gender discrimination. The statement that she was told the film had to be directed by a man was the bottom line. The person who made that statement to her was an idiot. They could have given her the interview, then turned her down for more evasive reasons.

  3. smitten_by_twilight says:

    It is gender discrimination to refuse her to even pitch for the movie. Catherine did a great job mixing drama and action in Twilight, and would likely have done a great job with The Fighter.
    It’s discrimination on our part to think that Catherine’s balance of drama and action, which I agree has been lost in subsequent movies, could not also have achieved by a good male director. I suspect the studio wanted to pull in more male movie dollars, and insisted that the movies pull towards more action. Frustrating – if studios could really predict so well what people want, there would be no surprise hits.

  4. She should have, at least, been allowed to pitch it. If she wasn’t the right one, then fine. But she at least deserved a chance.

  5. First off, we have to assume that this statement was actually made to Catherine Hardwicke and that her hurt feelings have not exaggerated the situation. If this was actually said to her then she would have grounds for a lawsuit, which makes me think that this was something she maybe inferred or sensed by Catherine but not actually said.

    But it really is about perception with Hollywood. It’s the same way everyone, whether Hollywood star or average Joe, assumes that action movies are for boys and romantic comedies are for girls. This is not a problem exclusive to Hollywood, despite what the article says. Be honest… How many times have women said to their husbands/boyfriends, “Let’s go see [insert romance title here],” and he said no? Or how many times has the wife/girlfriend turned down a war movie or a western?

    As much as I believe that women should not be relegated to cooking and cleaning, I still do not believe that women are equal to men in every area. There are somethings that men “get” more than women; there are some things that women “get” more than men. For this reason, you have to consider that had Catherine Hardwicke directed “The Fighter” it would have been a completely different movie. She would have approached it from a more feminine point of view. She has no choice; she is a female. That would have completely changed the dynamic of the story. All of this has to be taken into consideration when hiring a director.

    Finally, don’t bash anyone unless you know the whole story. This is similar to what happened to Rachelle LeFevre with Eclipse. She made a statement that made her look like the victim, and lots of fans immediately jumped on her bandwagon based only on what she said and not considering other factors of the situation.

    • Well said; I agree.

    • I disagree. Hardwick’s statement, “I was told it had to be directed by a man…” is pretty clear. Unless she was lying (which I doubt) or unless she misinterpreted whoever said this (which is possible, but what could the person have said that would have been misinterpreted in such a clear manner?), the issue is not whether she is a good director, not whether men or women are better or worse for directing movies targeted for specific audiences, not whether men and women have different perspectives, but whether it is right to discriminate because of gender. It’s the film companies’ right to hire whoever they wish, but not based on gender, race or religion. Truly if what Hardwick says is correct, then by all means she should pursue legal action. I don’t want anyone to think I am defending Hardwick personally, nor jumping on her bandwagon. I am, however, defending her right to be interviewed along with everyone else and not denied that opportunity based on gender. That’s all I’m sayin…

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