Honoree Kidman seeks level playing field for women in film

Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman has called for more opportunities to be created for women in film, describing the industry as “not an even playing field” and joining a chorus of actresses who have blasted gender inequality in Hollywood.

Stars such as Meryl Streep and Kristen Stewart have been vocal about sexism as well as age biases in the film industry, with Stewart saying in one recent interview that women had “to work a little bit harder to be heard”.

“Obviously we need to create more opportunities, it’s not an even playing field,” Kidman said on the red carpet at the organisation Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (June 16).

The Australian actress received the “Crystal Award for Excellence In Film” at the event which honours achievement in film and television and hosts a fundraising dinner for the organisation’s programmes.

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay, who received the Dorothy Arzner Director’s Award, said there was often oversight when it came to women filmmakers. “Hollywood is like the boyfriend who doesn’t call you as often, that’s kind of like what Hollywood is to women filmmakers,” she said.