Opening July 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Equity, the new film from Meera Menon (Farrah Goes Bang) which shines a damning light on what it means to be female in the cut-throat world of Wall Street. Read on…
Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn plays senior investment banker Naomi Bishop, who is struggling to retain her position in a company that is shedding staff. Desperate to make a deal that will secure her future, Naomi instead comes up against corruption on a major scale.
Written by debut screenwriter Amy Fox and actress/writer Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards), the narrative is ruthless in its revelation that women can be as ambitious and money-hungry as men, as evidenced by early allusions to Michael Douglas’ iconic Gordon Gekko ‘Greed Is Good’ mantra. Gunn is strong as the central character, channelling the no-nonsense strength of her Breaking Bad character to put real meat on the bones of this shrewd investment banker.
AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:
Pam Grady: Anna Gunn stars as a Wall Street executive facing the glass ceiling, regulatory scrutiny, and vicious office politics in Equity, Meera Menon’s neo-noir thriller that looks at a male-dominated industry from a female perspective.
Nell Minnow: Equity — an all-female-led production with an astute take on the world of Wall Street.
Candice Frederick: Not a perfect movie, but what Equity does well is start a conversation about the depiction of women in business. And it’s directed by a woman of color, which is a double plus.
Directors: Meera Menon
Release Date: July 29, 2016
Running Time: 100 minutes
Principal Cast: Anna Gunn, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, James Purefoy
Screenwriters: Amy Fox, Sarah Megan Thomas
Production Companies: Broad Street Pictures
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Thelma Adams, Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Candice Frederick, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.
Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor