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TIFF Review: ‘This Changes Everything’

September 12, 2018Ben Mk



   
There's no denying that the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have had a significant impact on Hollywood. But does that mean that the industry is in for a long overdue sea change? Not without taking the right action, and not without raising the right awareness.

In This Changes Everything, director Tom Donahue and actress Geena Davis — who also founded the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media — reveal just how gender-biased the film industry really is, by laying bare the raw statistics and providing essentially irrefutable, numerical evidence as to how female filmmakers, actors and even behind-the-scenes crew members have been systematically discriminated against going back decades. The result is eye-opening, to say the least, but as the film makes abundantly clear, it's only the tip of the iceberg.

Also featuring interviews with some of Hollywood's biggest names — including Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and Natalie Portman — This Changes Everything isn't just a telling exposé of the dark side of the industry. It's also an affirming look at how people are willing to come together to change the situation for the better.

This Changes Everything makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 37 min.




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