Newcomer Caroline Barry is breaking into Hollywood with not only a strong performance but an important one. Like Suffragette, 10 Days In A Madhouse is based on true events and depicts the fight for gender equality. With the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote being just around the corner, evaluating where we stand in this fight has become a trending topic in the media that will not be ending anytime soon. Conversations about body image, women’s healthcare, cat-calling, the transgender community, age discrimination, women in office, the pay gap and more are continuing in full effect. In addition, young people are getting in on the discussion as more and more celebrities are speaking out against the blatant sexism that exists in Hollywood.
10 Days In A Madhouse and Suffragette are catching the trend of the moment. Both movies will give some historical background to the feminist conversations that are currently circulating our world.
10 Days In A Madhouse, coming to theaters on November 20th, tells the story of investigative journalist Nellie Bly, one of Life Magazine’s recently named 100 Women Who Changed The World. In 1887, Bly faked insanity in order to get committed into a notorious women’s insane asylum in New York City to report on its conditions from within. Her bravery eventually shut down the institution that took thousands of innocent lives. She instantly became world-famous. Bly used her platform of fame to speak out against sexism and fight for equal rights. She is considered by many to be the original feminist who brought equality issues to the forefront of media.
Caroline Barry was chosen from thousands of hopefuls across the world to play Nellie Bly. Industry Executives are praising her performance and predicting an Academy Award and Golden Globe win for Best Actress. Barry has identified herself as a feminist for many years now and is thrilled to be working on such an important women’s film. “I realized around the time I started my first job that there were clear differences in how males and females are treated in the workplace,” Barry says. “I had a problem with it, to be honest. I felt like I couldn’t say what I wanted to for fear of seeming too… powerful. Like that was a man’s job, and I should just be sitting, taking notes. I kind of realized that that’s how society has programmed women to feel, and I completely reject that.”
Barry is in wonderful company this fall. Carey Mulligan portrays a strong leader in the women’s rights movement with her role in Suffragette, a British drama movie coming to the U.S. on October 23rd. The movie co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. Not only does Suffragette star three of Hollywood’s biggest female actors, it was also directed and written by women, Sarah Gavron and Abi Morgan, something Hollywood needs more of.
Now more than ever, female celebrities are speaking out against sexism in Hollywood. Anne Hathaway, Rose McGowan and Maggie Gyllenhaal have openly discussed age discrimination, with leading male actors being much older than their opposite leading females. Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has also recently been caught lying about her age. 10 Days In A Madhouse producer Susan Goforth comments, “Who can blame Rebel when women are pressured to be beautiful whilst men are praised for their talents. I’m delighted for our movie to be in the company of Gavron’s this season. Strong women are emerging more and more behind the scenes in film as well and the best way, in my opinion, to shed light on such important subjects is through a wonderfully-made movie.”
Stars like Emma Watson, Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus are spreading the message of self-love to younger generation of girls. Even actors such as Chris Pratt and Ben Affleck are taking a stance on the topic. While Affleck’s wife Jennifer Garner is always interviewed about her fashion choices and work/life balance, Affleck is usually asked more interesting questions, which he has stated to be a huge problem in our society. Chris Pratt recently commented about his weight gain, saying that he struggled through a period of emotional distress when he was heavier. His comment points out the similarities between men and women, and that both genders can experience body image insecurity.
With so much support for the feminist movement, Suffragette and 10 Days In A Madhouse are hitting the mark with their timing. 10 Days is directed by Timothy Hines who is part of dozens of feminist groups across the nation. “I have been working on this film for years and am so thrilled to bring the story of Nellie Bly, this pivotal inspiration role-model, the original Feminist, to life on the big screen. Like Apollo Thirteen, American Sniper, Gandhi, 12 Years A Slave, Selma and Schindler’s List, 10 Days In A Madhouse will live on for generations. Our film’s cast is 90% women and every major plot point is advanced by the female characters, and I’m so happy for that. I was honored when Geena Davis chose us as the opening film for her inaugural Bentonville Film Festival celebrating women and diversity.”
10 Days In A Madhouse also stars Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Mortal Kombat), Kelly Le Brock (Weird Science) and Julia Chantrey (Mama, Mean Girls). You can follow 10 Days In A Madhouse at http://www.10daysinamadhouse.com, on Facebook, Twitter , IMDB and Instagram.
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