Kitty Green on THE ASSISTANT, Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment – Jessica Zack interviews

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Kitty Green was on the Stanford campus in fall 2017, conducting interviews for a documentary about sexual misconduct on college campuses, when news of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke.

“My phone was flooded with the news, and I was hearing from so many friends in the industry,” the Australian filmmaker said. Their words and the claims against Weinstein stuck with her, to the point that when she returned to New York, Green decided to shift the focus of her project toward what we would now call a #MeToo story.

The Assistant, Green’s feature film about a day in the life of a producer’s assistant, the type of person New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the Weinstein story, characterize as being part of the “complicity machine” that enabled Weinstein’s monstrous behavior for so many years. Continue reading.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Assistant is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for January 31, 2020

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Jessica Zack

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jessica Zack is a freelance journalist who has been writing about film for the San Francisco Chronicle since 2004. She also covers visual arts, books and general culture for the Chronicle, and contributes regularly to San Francisco Magazine and other publications. She is a graduate of Stanford University and got her start writing for the Palo Alto Weekly. Can be found on Twitter: @jwzack