‘Twilight’ Director Accuses Hollywood of Sexism

| February 8, 2011 - 10:00 am

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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke may have directed one of the biggest films of the past three years but that doesn’t mean that she is landing every film she sets her sights on.

The 55-year-old director told TheWrap that she was passed over for directing The Fighter because she wasn’t a man.

“I couldn’t get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million,” she told TheWrap. “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.”

Sex and the City was directed by series co-creator Michael Patrick King.

Catherine went on the claim that many female directors, producers, writers and editors get passed over for jobs in Hollywood because of their gender. However, Catherine does admit that she liked what Fighter director David O. Russell did with the Oscar-nominated film.

While Twilight has its fair share of action sequences, it is by and large a female-oriented film. Check out Catherine’s directorial chops in the Twilight trailer below.

Catherine isn’t the only person connected to Twilight who is an open feminist. Kristen Stewart has hinted at feminist leanings in past interviews and said she took on the role of Joan Jett in The Runaways because it was “an incredibly triumphant feminist story.” However, KStew has not (yet) publicly accused Hollywood of sexism like her former director.

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