When the #MeToo wagon rolled into Tinseltown it left a lot of hats of the ground. The hypocrisy was staggering. This was the town that gave Roman Polanski a standing ovation and lionised him as some kind of creative fugitive from The Man. A town with more open secrets than the Catholic Church, where the casting couch was a way of life and a ruthless, Darwinian system determined who made it, and who didn’t.
Suddenly, with the spotlight on them, they scuttled off to the shadows, giving each other up to the mob at lightspeed to protect themselves. Now a period of revisionism will be in order as Hollywood struggles to reset itself and it’s past.
In a recent interview for Vanity Fair, when speaking about her part in Francis Lee’s period lesbian romantic drama Ammonite, Kate Winslet was second guessing her own past and career choices around who she worked with, and she’s tackling it head on:
“Ammonite has made me really aware of being even more committed to honoring what women want to be saying for themselves in films and how we really want to be portrayed, regardless of sexual orientation. Because life is f–king short and I’d like to do my best when it comes to setting a decent example to younger women. We’re handing them a pretty f–ked up world, so I’d like to do my bit in having some proper integrity.
It’s like, what the f–k was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski? It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were. It’s f–king disgraceful. And I have to take responsibility for the fact that I worked with them both. I can’t turn back the clock. I’m grappling with those regrets but what do we have if we aren’t able to just be f–king truthful about all of it?”
At least she is being blunt and honest about it, saying they have to own their past decisions rather than run from them or try and pretend none of it happened.
Francis Lee’s follow-up film to God’s Own Country, kind of Brokeback Mountain from Yorkshire, is a new movie set in the mid-19th century as Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are caught up in a love affair that will have huge repurcussions for them both.
Ammonite will be released in select cinemas on November 13th and is widely tipped for a serious awards haul. So some things never change in Hollywood then.